Fionnuala McCormack qualifies for her fifth Olympics

This morning Fionnuala McCormack qualified for her fifth Olympics, running 2:26:19 in the Valencia Marathon. The qualification time for the women’s marathon in Paris 2024 is 2:26:50.

She’s the first Irish woman to qualify for five Olympics.

 Her four previous Olympic appearances came in four different events: the 3,000m steeplechase in Beijing 2008, the 5,000m and 10,000m in London 2012, then the marathon in Rio 2016, and the delayed Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

In 2021 she ran her personal best marathon time 2:23.58 also in Valencia.
Next Sunday she is set to lead the Irish women’s team in European Cross-Country Championships in Brussels, which will extend her women’s record of Irish international caps in athletics to 44 .
Today’s women’s race was won by Worknesh Degefa Ethiopia in 2:15.43. First man was Sisay Lemma Ethiopia in 2:01.48 – a new course record and fourth fastest man in history.
Hike Tonosa Dundrum South Dublin AC ran 2:15.01.
Four Australian women also ran Paris 2024 qualifying times in Valencia: Genevieve Gregson 2:23:08 8th, Isobel Batt-Doyle 2:23.27 10th, Lisa Weightman 2:24.18 13th, Eloise Wellings 2:25.43 27th.
They join Sinéad Diver who qualified to represent Australia when she ran a marathon PB 2:21.34 in Valencia in December 2022.

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