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Gary O’Hanlon is Irish National Marathon Champion 2017

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Gary O’Hanlon is Irish National Marathon Champion 2017

Following a meeting of the Competition Committee of Athletics Ireland (tonight, 1 November 2017), Gary O’Hanlon was declared Irish National Marathon champion.  This follows the receipt of information from Raheny Shamrock AC, on 31 October that the declared winner of the race, Freddy Sittuk had failed to meet the required criteria for eligibility under the residency rule.  Sittuk was confirmed as eligible by his club prior to the event when, in fact, he had not met all the necessary criteria.

Under the rule agreed by the delegates at the 2016 Athletics Ireland Congress, an athlete with an unbroken 6 months residency in Ireland immediately prior to the Championship, is eligible to compete for the National Championships title and medal positions.   

Commenting on the situation, Athletics Ireland’s Competition Committee Chairman John Cronin said “the information initially received by the Association indicated that Freddy Sittuk was eligible and therefore he was deemed champion on Sunday.” 

“Once we received information from the club stating that the athlete had, in fact, not met the criteria, the Committee met to discuss the situation and Gary O’Hanlon has been deemed National Marathon Champion,” he added.

“The process for confirming residency eligibility for National Championships has, up to this event, worked well but the fact that Gary was not awarded this title and his gold medal on Sunday is very regrettable,” Cronin said.  “We do, however, look forward to presenting Gary with his Championship title and medal shortly,” he added.

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