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Ava Hutchinson is London-bound

The Dublin-based runner booked her place in the Irish Olympic team with a confident performance at the Houston Marathon.

Hutchinson at the 2009 European Cros Country Championships
Hutchinson at the 2009 European Cros Country Championships
Image: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

IRELAND’S EVA HUTCHINSON clocked a personal best of 2:35:33 in this morning’s Houston Marathon, a time nearly 90 seconds inside the Olympic A qualification standard of 2:37:00.

The result means that the cross country veteran and current National Half Marathon champion will join her Dundrum South Dublin Athletic Club teammate Linda Byrne in the starting line-up for the Women’s Marathon at this summer’s Olympic Games in London.

Byrne previously achieved the qualification standard on home soil, running 2:36:21 at this year’s Dublin marathon.

Elsewhere, European Cross Country Champion Fionnuala Britton finished eighth at the Internacional de Itálica, an IAAF-sanctioned event in Sevilla, Spain.

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