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Fionnuala McCormack Smashes Personal Best In Valencia Marathon

Fionnuala McCormack Smashes Personal Best In Valencia Marathon

Fionnuala McCormack finished fifth in the Valencia Marathon on Sunday. The 37-year-old also smashed her personal best by just under three minutes.

McCormack ran 2:23.58, breaking her previous best marathon mark of 2:26.47 which she recorded two years ago in Chicago.

The run makes her the second fastest Irish-born woman ever for the marathon. She moves ahead of Mayo's Sinead Diver who runs for Australia. Only Catherina McKiernan's 2:22:23, which she ran 23 years ago in Amsterdam, is faster.

The Valenica Marathon won in 2:19.31 by Kenya's Nancy Jelagat. Ethiopia's Etagegne Woldu finished second in 2:20.16 with her compatriot Beyenu Degefa running 2:23.05 in third.

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McCormack will have just a week to recover before she competes again. She is scheduled to run at the European Cross Country Championships, which are being held in Dublin, next weekend.


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