Sunday, May 20, 2012
Barbara Sanchez wins Copenhagen Marathon...
As can be seen from her splits above, she was more or less on target for the first 20kms but the warm conditions made things more difficult in the second half of the race.
That also means that the final number of Irish women that have qualified for the London Olympic Marathon is four...
Catriona Jennings (Rathfarnham AC)...Rotterdam...2:36:14
Linda Byrne (Dundrum South Dublin AC)...Dublin...2:36:23
Ava Hutchinson (Dundrum South Dublin AC)...Houston...2:35:33
Maria McCambridge (Letterkenny AC)...Rome...2:36:37
However, Ireland can only send three. Who should go? It was supposed to have been decided on the 12th of June. However, at the launch of the Dublin City Marathon at the start of May, Maria McCambridge voiced this opinion..."I really think it's unfair to keep us waiting, I just wish they'd let us know as soon as possible." Linda Byrne said..."The British and everyone else have their (marathon) team picked by now so it would have been fairer if we had the selection in the next couple of weeks,".........while Caitriona Jennings said..."They should definitely be telling us earlier, even just for the sake of the three athletes who are going to be going so that they can finalise their training plans. June 12 is only about six weeks before the Olympic marathon, it's just crazy,".
Possibly as a result of this pressure, the selection date has been brought forward and it now looks as if it could be decided as early as Monday this week.
Who should go??? The criteria for selection are...."consistency and repeatability of performances in 2011/12; relevant statistical data/rankings; athletes “on-demand” performances at previous championships; competitive record of athletes against one another; and athletes “final phase” readiness". The problem with this system of course is that it is not open and transparent. By using certain criteria, you could justify any decision. The fairest way would be to send the fastest three.