McCambridge Makes it 15 Olympic Qualifiers for Irish Athletes

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Maria McCambridge (Letterkenny AC) put in an outstanding performance today to achieve the qualification standard for the London Olympic Games at the Rome Marathon in Italy, running 2:36:37 (inside the Olympic A standard of 2:37). McCambridge was well on track throughout the race, going through the halfway mark in 1:17:37. Although slowing slightly in the second half McCambridge finished strongly and displayed tremendous guts to dip under the qualification standard. McCambridge joins Linda Byrne (Dundrum South Dublin AC) 2:36:23 and Ava Hutchinson (Dundrum South Dublin AC) 2:35:33 as the third Irish women to achieve the standard for London.

On a great day for Irish athletics, a group of elite Irish Racewalker’s were competing in the Lugano Racewalking Grand Prix in Switzerland. Robert Heffernan (Togher AC) claimed sixth position in the men’s 20k race in a time of 1:20:39. Although the time was just outside of his own national record 1:19:22, Heffernan’s ultimate target is the 50k Race in the London Olympics. Olive Loughnane (Loughrea AC) finished tenth in the senior women’s 20k in 1:32:26.

World Youth Gold Medalist Kate Veale (West Waterford AC) won the junior women’s race over the 10k distance in a time of 47.01. Veale dominated the race finishing almost three minutes clear of her closest rival Mellado Coralie of France 49:55. Emma Prendiville (Farranfore Maine Valley AC) finished fourth in the same race in 51:32. James Treanor (Shercock AC) competed in the junior men’s 10k race finishing fifth in a time of 45:08.

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