Sinéad Diver selected for Australian team Paris Olympics

After one of the most intense selection contests for this year’s Paris Olympics, the Australian Olympic Committee announced their marathon team three days ago.

The Olympic marathon entry standard for women is 2:26:50.

In announcing the team on Sunday last, the Australian Olympic Committee said

“Australian record holder Diver returns for her second Games after her 10th place in Tokyo was the best Olympic finish by an Australian woman in more than thirty years…”

“Diver set a new national record of 2.21.34 in January 2023. The forty-seven-year-old said having family cheering her on would make Paris even more special.

“This means so much to me. It’s an honour to represent Australia for a second time at the Olympics,” she said. “My first experience was very special but I’m hoping that this one will top it as I can share it with family and friends.

“Having my kids there means the world to me, they are so excited about getting to Paris and they’re at the age where they’ll remember this forever.

“I learned a lot from my Tokyo prep and again from my build leading into the Australian record, so I’m hoping to take these learnings to be in even better shape for Paris. I was so proud to place tenth in Tokyo, but as athletes we’re never content to stay at the same level, we want to continually improve. I’m going to focus on what I can control and get myself into the best shape possible.”

Belmullet native Sinéad Diver is a member of Glenhuntley AC in Melbourne where she is coached by Nic Bideau. She is also a current Mayo AC member and has been registered with the club since 2014. Sinéad is the fastest Irish-born all-time women’s marathon runner.

Congratulations Sinéad and the Best of Luck in Paris!

The Paris Olympics Athletics schedule runs from Thursday August 1 to Sunday August 11. The women’s marathon will bring a fortnight of intense emotions to a close on the final day.

Information credit:

https://www.olympics.com.au/news/five-runners-selected-to-take-on-iconic-paris-olympic-marathon-for-australia/

Sydney Morning Herald http://smh.com.au/

Credit: screenshot captured from www.olympics.au.com

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