Sinead Diver is at it again!
The Belmullet born runner continues to go from strength to strength in the half marathon game and this afternoon smashed her own World Record time, run by women over the age of 40.
Having moved to Australia in 2002, Diver only started running competitively for her adopted nation eight years ago, after the birth of her eldest son.
Crossing the line at today's Marugame International Half Marathon event in Tokyo, the Mayo woman was able to glance at an official time of 1:08:55, claiming third place in the process. That time was a full 25 seconds faster than her previous effort of 1:09:20.
Diver, who turns 42 on February 17th, has had a magnificent few months.
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What a day! I’m so chuffed to get the win at Melbourne Marathon yesterday in a course record time of 2:25:17. This one is very special and means the world to mean. To cross the finish line and have everyone there who’s helped me in this buildup was magical. Massive thank you to @crosbietim, @melbtrackclub and @soniagrith for their ongoing guidance and support, my beautiful sister Geegee for being the best drinks gal a girl could ask for👌and to my boys Colin, Eddie and Dara for everything💕. A big thank you to @stewy_mac3 and @maxueda1993 for impeccable pacing and an extra special thank you to Jack Rayner for pacing me to 37km..what an absolute legend🙌. Thank you so much to everyone for the shoutouts on the course and all the messages of support pre and post race. I’m truly blown away. @athleticsaustralia @athleticsvictoria @nike @nikerunning #mhra #shazzasub38
She claimed the Melbourne Marathon title in October, as well as a $40,000 cheque, half of which was supplemented after she claimed the course record - running a fantastic 2:25:19.
She then claimed personal bests on the track, in December, running 15:23.65 in the 5000m and 31:50.98 in the 10,000m.
She may be running in the green and gold of, but we'll be claiming her, quite rightly, as our own. Thank you very much!