Saturday 14 December 2019

Sanchez's Olympic hopes end

Cliona Foley

One Irish athlete will be disappointed when the Olympic marathon team is announced today.

Ireland can only enter three athletes in the event and one of the four who already have the qualifying time won't make it.

Raheny's Barbara Sanchez failed in her bid to join the contenders yesterday, despite winning the Copenhagen marathon.

She was hoping to join the four already qualified by getting the Olympic 'A' standard (2:37) in Denmark but, in very hot conditions, she ran out of gas in the late stages and her winning time of 2:41.17 came up short. Rathfarnham's Barry Minnock was second in the men's race in 2:26.50.

Elsewhere, DSD's Olympic-bound high-jumper Deirdre Ryan opened her season by clearing 1.80m (on her first attempt) at a wet Diamond League meeting in Shanghai.

Wicklow steeplechaser Stephanie Reilly ran 9:54.55 in California and Fionnuala Britton impressed with an 8:55.01 personal best in the mixed 3,000m at the Woodies DIY AAI Games in Santry.

Derry sprinter Jason Smyth ran an impressive 10:24 (+1.5) in Clermont, Florida, yesterday, a European 'A' standard, while young Carlow sprinter Marcus Lawlor (SLOT) won the 200m in Santry in a new Irish youths' record of 21.42.

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