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Fionnuala McCormack Smashes Personal Best In Valencia Marathon

Fionnuala McCormack Smashes Personal Best In Valencia Marathon
By PJ Browne

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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