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Pollock happy with marathon showing

Ireland's Paul Pollock finished the World Championship marathon as the second fastest European.

On his debut in the competition, he finished in 21st place with a time of two hours nine minutes 51 seconds - just shy of his personal best.

"It was a very hard race, but I definitely think there's a lot more there, running in temperatures of 30 degrees can add a couple of minutes to your time," said Pollock.

"The plan was to run the first half conservatively, go through in about 66, 67 minutes.

"I went through in about 67:45, felt fairly comfortable. I was pouring water over myself all the way, but I coped okay with the conditions.

"Myself and my coach thought we could be top 10 coming in, but that was unrealistic looking now at all the Africans up front.

"21st and second European, though, I have to be happy with that. It's a step in the right direction."

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