Fionnuala McCormack warms up for Rio with 10k win

31-year-old takes the 10k race in the Great Ireland Run at Phoenux Park

Fionnuala McCormack was victorious in the Great Ireland Run. Photograph: Inpho

Fionnuala McCormack was victorious in the Great Ireland Run. Photograph: Inpho

 

Fionnuala McCormack was victorious in the Great Ireland Run on Sunday as her preparation for Rio 2016 gathers pace.

This year’s Olympics will be McCormack’s third, with the 31-year-old entered for both the Marathon and the 10,000m races.

And she looks to be warming up for the games well, as she lead the field home in the 10,000m race at Phoenix Park in a time of 33 minutes and 30 seconds.

In winning the race McCormack retained her title in the Athletics Association Ireland 10k National Championships.

McCormack was in good spirits after her win, she said: ““I’m delighted to have crossed the finish line in such a great time and of course to have shared this moment with an Irish crowd.

“It’s great to show them my form ahead of Rio later this year. It was a fantastic day here at the Phoenix Park and I look forward to seeing some of the same along with brand new faces next year.”

It was a clean sweep for Ireland with Deidre Byrne (34 minutes 41 seconds) and Maria McCambridge (34 minutes 52 seconds) following McCormack home in second and third.

The men’s race was won by the UK’s Andy Maud.

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