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Rio Olympics: Marathon man Paul Pollock saves best until last

By Brian Hill

Published 22/08/2016

Major strides: Mark Pollock narrowly missed his aim of a top 30 placing in the marathon but was still the top Irish finisher in Rio
Major strides: Mark Pollock narrowly missed his aim of a top 30 placing in the marathon but was still the top Irish finisher in Rio

Holywood doctor Paul Pollock produced a superb performance in yesterday's Rio Olympic Marathon, finishingly strongly as he sliced through the field in the last 15 kilometres to take 32nd position from a field of 150 in a time of 2 hrs 16 mins 24 secs.

Annadale Strider Pollock's second fastest ever time for the 26 miles event is all the more impressive given the significant problems which the 29 year old faced in the weeks prior to Rio.

A leg injury had placed serious doubt on his participation in Rio and he also faced weeks of uncertainty before a formal objection from a rival runner concerning his inclusion in the Irish team for Rio was rejected by sport's international Court of Arbitration.

Pollock said: "My first half didn't go to plan but I came back strongly and this should give me a good platform to produce even better performances in major championships. I'm aiming for the World Championships in London in 2017 ."

Another local runner, Kevin Seaward of St Malachy's, produced a solid run to cross the line in 64th in 2 hrs 20 mins 6 secs.

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