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Fionnuala McCormack Finishes 5th In Chicago Marathon, Smashing PB Time

Fionnuala McCormack Finishes 5th In Chicago Marathon, Smashing PB Time

Fionnuala McCormack has finished fifth in the 2019 Chicago Marathon, smashing her personal best time and earning a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the process.

The 35-year old finished in a time of 2:26:47, shaving almost four minutes off her previous personal best. The time puts her in second place on the all-time on the Irish list.

This was the second fastest time ever run by an Irishwoman, with only Catherina McKiernan sitting ahead of McCormack.

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It was a day for record breaking times, with winner Brigid Kosgei breaking the 16-year old world record held by Paula Radcliffe.

The Kenyan completed the course in a time of 2:14:2, which takes one minute and 21 seconds off the mark set by the British woman in London in 2003.

Kenya's Lawrence Cherono won the men's event, with defending champion Mo Farrah finishing in eighth place.

SEE ALSO: McClenaghan Makes History With Superb Performance At World Championships

Gary Connaughton

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