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'Disappointed' Kenneally already looking towards Rio

Celbridge runner Mark Kenneally finished 57th in the men’s marathon on the final day of the London Olympics.

Image: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

MARK KENNEALLY’S OLYMPIC debut ended in disappointment at the end of a gruelling men’s marathon in London.

Sunday’s 26.2-miler was only the third time that Kenneally has competed over the marathon distance but the Celbridge runner trailed off in the closing stages to finish 57th.

Kenneally’s time of 2:21:23 was seven minutes slower than the personal best he ran in Amsterdam last October to qualify for the Olympics and more than 13 minutes behind gold medal winner Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda (2:08:01).

Abel Kirui chased home Kiprotich to take silver in 2:08:27 while his Kenyan team-mate Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich finished a minute back in third (2:09:37).

“Have been off the radar for the last 3 weeks,” Kenneally tweeted afterwards. “Just want to say thanks to everyone for the best wishes. Was tough out there today.”

“Am disappointed with my performance but I’ll pick myself up and move onto the next one,” the 31-year-old physiotherapist added. “Keep trying to improve, put right in Rio.”

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