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Cork Woman Books Ticket For Olympics With New Marathon PB

Cork Woman Books Ticket For Olympics With New Marathon PB

Aoife Cooke ran an Olympic marathon qualifying time on Sunday. The Cork woman won the Cheshire Elite Marathon in 2:28.30, a minute inside the Olympic standard.

The run improved on her own personal best by just over four minutes and makes the 34-year-old the second Irish woman to meet the marathon standard for Tokyo. Fionnuala McCormack ran 2:26.47 in the 2019 Chicago Marathon to qualify.

Cooke has also moved from fifth to fourth on the all-time Irish marathon list, leaping over Sonia O'Sullivan's 2005 run of 2:29.01.

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Donegal runner Anne-Marie McGlynn placed third in Cheshire and was agonisingly close to the Olympic standard as finished just four seconds outside the required time.

Three Irish men - Stephen Scullion, Kevin Seaward and Paul Pollock - have already set qualifying times for the Olympic marathon.

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