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Mayo-Born Sinead Diver Finishes Fifth In The New York Marathon

Mayo-Born Sinead Diver Finishes Fifth In The New York Marathon

Sinead Diver finished a brilliant fifth in the New York Marathon on Sunday.

The 42-year-old, who was born in Belmullet but now competes for Australia, completed the 26.2 miles in 2:26.23.

Diver was prominent throughout despite an early mishap which saw her and Ellie Pashley take a wrong turn.

Diver led at the six mile mark and was ninth at halfway.

She slowly worked her way back up the field, reaching fifth after 25 miles and was actually closing in on fourth placed Nancy Kiprop as the finishing line approached.

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The race was won by Kenyan debutant Joyciline Jepkosgei with compatriot Mary Keitany in second and Ethiopia's Ruti Aga in third. Diver finished 3:44.60 behind the winner.

Earlier this year, Diver finished seventh in the London Marathon, running a personal best of 2:24.11. That performance qualified her for next year's Olympics in Tokyo.

Diver only took up running nine years ago following the birth of her first child.

She moved Down Under in 2002 and competes for Australia after Athletics Ireland changed their qualifying time when she set the required mark for the 2015 World Championships. Diver subsequently ran for Australia at those championships in Beijing and finished 21st.

Two years later - having missed out on the Rio Olympics due to injury - she finished 20th at the World Championships in London.

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