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Belfast man Kevin Seaward, a school teacher, ran the second-fastest Irish marathon time ever as he finished 26th at the Seville Marathon on Sunday morning.
Belfast’s Seaward ran a PB of 2:10:10 – second only to John Treacy’s national record of 2:09:15.
Seaward’s time was more than three minutes quicker than his previous best of 2:13:39, which he ran in Berlin last September.
Only John Treacy, in 1988, has ran a faster Marathon time for Ireland than Seaward while the 36-year-old now becomes the fastest Northern Ireland marathon man of all time.
It is also comfortably inside the IAAF time of 2:11:30 for Tokyo 2020 qualification as he becomes the third Irish marathon runner to achieve the Olympic criteria.
The 34-year-old joins Paul Pollock, who ran a 2:10:25 in Valencia in December, and Stephen Scullion who is eligible by virtue of his fifth-place finish at the “gold label” Houston Marathon where he ran a time of 2:11:52.
Ballina’s Hugh Armstrong missed out on the Olympic time by less than a minute this morning, finishing 35th in a personal best of 2:12:26.
Seaward joins Paul Pollock and Stephen Scullion as Tokyo 2020 qualifiers.(02/24/2020) Views: 340 ⚡AMP
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