Fionnuala McCormack secured the Olympic Marathon qualifying time in Valencia today with a superb 2:26.19 at the Valencia Marathon.
The 39-year-old Wicklow woman was over half a minute inside the Olympic qualifying time of 2:26.50.
McCormack competed in her first Games in Beijing in 2008 where she was 10th in the 3,000m. She followed that up in London four years later where she competed in the 10,000m and 5,000m, before then taking on the marathon at Rio in 2016 and Japan at the Covid-delayed 2021 Games. McCormack now becomes the first Irish woman to qualify for five Olympic Games.
McCormack, who gave birth to her third child earlier this year, will next week compete at her 18th European Cross Country Championships in Brussels.
Hiko Tonosa recorded an impressive time of 2:15.01 on his marathon debut in the men’s section which suggests positive form for the coming year.