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Seaward: bettered his PB by more than three minutes (file photo).
Seaward: bettered his PB by more than three minutes (file photo).
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Kevin Seaward runs second-fastest Irish marathon time ever to hit Olympic mark

Seaward joins Paul Pollock and Stephen Scullion as Tokyo 2020 qualifiers.
Feb 23rd 2020, 11:01 AM 7,235 6

KEVIN SEAWARD RAN the second-fastest Irish marathon time ever as he finished 26th at the Seville Marathon on Sunday morning.

Belfast’s Seaward ran a PB of 2:10:10 – second only to John Treacy’s national record of 2:09:15.

Seaward’s time was more than three minutes quicker than his previous best of 2:13:39, which he ran in Berlin last September.

It is also comfortably inside the IAAF time of 2:11:30 for Tokyo 2020 qualification as he becomes the third Irish marathon runner to achieve the Olympic criteria.

The 34-year-old joins Paul Pollock, who ran a 2:10:25 in Valencia in December, and Stephen Scullion who is eligible by virtue of his fifth-place finish at the “gold label” Houston Marathon where he ran a time of 2:11:52.

Ballina’s Hugh Armstrong missed out on the Olympic time by less than a minute this morning, finishing 35th in a personal best of 2:12:26.

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