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Sunday 8 December 2019

Mayo's Diver delivers for Australia

Sinéad Diver
Sinéad Diver

Yet another chapter was written in the amazing athletics story of Sinéad Diver at the World Athletics Championships in Doha on Saturday evening when the Mayo-born athlete finished 14th in the women's 10,000m.

Running for Australia, Diver's time of 31 mins 25.49 secs was a personal best and just .49 secs off the Tokyo 2020 qualifying mark. It is also a new world W40 record and puts Diver third on the all-time list for Irish-born athletes behind Sonia O'Sullivan and Catherina McKiernan.

Clocking a personal best 2 hrs 13 mins 39 secs at the Berlin Marathon was Kevin Seaward of St Malachy's AC in Belfast.

That time knocks over a minute off Seaward's previous best of 2:14.52 run in Berlin 2015 and puts him top of the current rankings ahead of Stephen Scullion who has opted to run the marathon at the World Championships in Doha, which starts at 11.59pm on Saturday. Seaward also tops the current half marathon rankings having run 63 mins 59 secs in Barcelona last February.

Also in Berlin, Ciarán Faherty of Galway City Harriers finished in 2:19.06, Robert Murphy of Rathfarnham WSAF AC in 2:22.05, and Tomas Fitzpatrick of Tallaght AC in 2:24.38. Of the women, Siobhán O'Doherty of Borrisoleigh AC finished in 2:44.54 and Fionnuala Ross of Armagh AC in 2:47.19.

In the USA, Aoibhe Richardson of Kilkenny City Harriers wearing the San Francisco vest, won the women's 6km in 20 mins 47.7 secs at the Roy Griak invitational cross-country held in St Paul Minnesota. Earlier this year, Richardson won the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 10km.

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