It’s just under eleven months until the women’s marathon in the Paris 2024 Olympics on August 11.
Sinéad Diver already has the qualifying mark for her second Olympic campaign from the Valencia Marathon in 2022 where she ran her pb 2:21.34.
Sinéad’s training in early 2023 was disrupted following her 69:29 Half Marathon in Marugame in February. She had bone stress and hip injuries, but she’s now back on track.
Last year she ran the Blackmores Sydney Half Marathon with crossing over the finish line in a course record time of 01:13:07.
As part of her preparation for Paris she ran the Blackmores Sydney Marathon today.
Sydney Marathon course offers participants the unique experience to take in a number of spectacular Sydney sights including running traffic free over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, through the Royal Botanic Garden, Darling Harbour, The Rocks and finishing at the Sydney Opera House.
Sinead ran the first 10k in 35:00 – back in June Norah Newcombe Pieterse ran her 10k pb in Dunshaughlin in 35:29.
She reached Sydney half way in 1:14:55. And although her average 5ks in the early ks/3:30 moved up a few seconds she maintained a steady pace throughout reaching 30k in 1:47.02/3:34 and finished with a 3:35 average overall, crossing the finish line at the Opera House in an excellent 2:31.25, and 8th woman.
The Sydney marathon doubles as the Australian marathon championship and Sinéad Diver and Brett Robinson battled the unseasonably hot weather to win the national titles.
Well done Sinéad!
Former Kenyan and now USA runner Betsy Saina secured the win in the women’s race, clocking in at 2:26:47, ahead of Rahma Chota (2:26:53) and Gladys Kiptegai (2:28:41) of Ethiopia and Kenya, respectively.
Sinéad Diver: race details, splits etc: