Athletics Ireland choose representatives for marathon event at Rio

Kevin Seaward, Mick Clohisey and Paul Pollock will all represent Ireland in Rio

Athletics Ireland choose representatives for marathon event at Rio

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Kevin Seaward, Mick Clohisey and Paul Pollock will all represent Ireland in the men's marathon at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio.

The trio achieved the qualifying times to be considered to represent Ireland, with five candidates available for selection.

"It’s never easy to tell some of the athletes that they aren't selected and I understand their disappointment," Athletics Ireland high performance director Kevin Ankrom told the Irish Times.

"But I’m happy with the teams that we have selected, and I believe the athletes chosen will be prepared to produce a performance to match their capabilities."

Those who missed out for the men's event were Sergiu Ciobanu and Gladys Ganiel, where Ciobanu had actually run the third fastest time but still missed out on a place.

Lizzie Lee, Fionnuala McCormack and Breege Connolly are the trio who will represent Ireland in the women's event.

“I believe we have picked the best team and I also look forward to good performances by teams at the European Championships in the half marathon.

"Athletes have raised the bar in their performances and that is very encouraging to see. We have also picked reserves and subject to illness or injury they can be selected for nomination by July 11th," Ankrom told the Irish Examiner.

Athletes who missed out on selection have a right to appeal within 24 hours, with appeals being heard by Friday May 27.