Fionnuala secures Olympic qualifier in Chicago

Fionnuala McCormack (née Britton) finished 13th in the Chicago marathon in 2:33:15 to comfortably qualify for the Olympic Games.

American dream: Fionnuala Britton secured qualification for her third Olympic Games at the Chicago Marathon. Image: @blockic

American dream: Fionnuala Britton secured qualification for her third Olympic Games at the Chicago Marathon. Image: @blockic

The two-time European Cross Country champion was on course for a sub 2:30 clocking for a large portion of the race but slowed in the second half. McCormack (Kilcoole) went through the first half in 75:09 and 78:06 for the second half.

Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat, the world half marathon record holder, won in 2:23:33.

McCormack is now the second fastest qualifier for Rio behind Lizzie Lee who ran a personal best of 2:32:51 in Berlin, McCormack’s best time remains at 2:31:46 when she finished 10th at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich in 2014. Breege Connolly (North Belfast Harriers) also has an Olympic qualifier and Maria McCambridge (DSD) is set to run in Frankfurt on the 25th of October.

Fionnuala McCormack’s splits

Split Time Of Day Time Diff min/mile miles/h
05K 07:47:29AM 00:17:27 17:27 05:37 10.69
10K 08:05:09AM 00:35:08 17:41 05:42 10.55
15K 08:23:04AM 00:53:02 17:54 05:46 10.41
20K 08:41:07AM 01:11:05 18:03 05:49 10.33
HALF 08:45:10AM 01:15:09 04:04 05:58 10.08
25K 08:59:14AM 01:29:12 14:03 05:48 10.36
30K 09:17:27AM 01:47:25 18:13 05:52 10.23
35K 09:35:59AM 02:05:58 18:33 05:58 10.06
40K 09:54:48AM 02:24:46 18:48 06:04 9.92
Finish 10:03:16AM 02:33:15 08:29 06:13 9.66



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Cathal Dennehy is a freelance journalist, a once-serious, now-retired athlete who writes for a number of international publications in the running industry. He previously worked for the Sunday Tribune, Irish Runner magazine and has written for the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner and the Guardian. He is also a regular contributor to Runner's World.
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