08 Aug 2022

Breege still in the running for Olympic Marathon

Breege still in the running for Olympic Marathon

With the Athletics Ireland May 23, deadline fast approaching for Marathon qualification, Kinlough's Breege Connolly remains in pole position to qualify for this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

With high profile marathons in London and Belfast in recent weeks, it was expected that a number of athletes would make an attempt to better Breege's time of 2 hours 37 mins 29 seconds but none have come close to displacing the Leitrim athlete.

Breege still faces an anxious wait as some athletes will make a late bid to beat her time, including Maria McCambridge who was controversially omitted from the London Olympics marathon team.

In their selection policy document, Athletics Ireland have stated that priority will be given to qualifying times achieved during three key performance windows. Top priority will be given to performances achieved between April/May and September/November 2015 which will give athletes the best opportunity to recover and prepare property for Rio.

It all adds up to an anxious few weeks for the Kinlough woman!

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