Ireland’s top marathon runners will find out about Olympic selection today, Monday May 23rd.
The road to Rio which began for marathon runners as far back as January 2015 when the selection criteria was announced is due to come to a conclusion with the squad announcements subject to ratification by the Olympic Council of Ireland. It will also include the race walking selections and the Half marathon for the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam in July.
Marathon running has been on an upward curve since the last Olympic cycle with over 15 athletes securing qualifying times. This will lead to some disappointed athletes but High Performance Director Kevin Ankrom sees this as a good problem to have.
“There will always be some disappointed athletes but it’s really positive to have so many athletes achieve qualifying standards as we continue to raise the standard of distance running in the country,” said Ankrom.
The five-person panel will meet today and select 3 males plus 2 reserves and 3 females plus 2 reserves (6 total athletes to be nominated to the Olympic Council of Ireland). The male/female reserves (4) are nominated in case of injury/illness.