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Friday, July 22, 2016

Sergiu Ciobanu loses Olympic Marathon appeal

There has been some controversy over the last month or so about the Irish mens marathon team that was selected for the Olympics in Rio. The third member of the team Paul Pollock was selected by Athletics Ireland based on his half-marathon times rather than Sergiu Ciobanu who had a slightly faster marathon time.

Sergiu took the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland. In a finding today, they dismissed the appeal.

Although disappointed with the result, Sergiu said that he wished the Irish team all the best in Rio.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

He was right to appeal and behaved like a gentleman right through. Hope you make it in 2020 Sergiu.

David Reals said...

So why wasnt he picked if he ran faster, what am I missing ?

John Desmond said...

"So why wasnt he picked if he ran faster, what am I missing ?".... Athletics Ireland selected Paul Pollock based on his half-marathon times rather than the person with the fastest Marathon time in the qualifying period. Hence the controversy.

anonymous said...

Did Sergio run in the 2012 London Olympics for his native Moldova? If so could he not run for them again in Rio if he wasn't picked for Ireland?