Paul Pollock fast improving Rio qualification chances

Leads Ireland to seventh place finish at World Half Marathon championships

Paul Pollock is fast improving his chances of securing Rio Olympic marathon qualification after leading the Irish team to a seventh place finish at the World Half Marathon championships in Cardiff.

Pollock finished 14th overall, and second best European, the only one ahead him being third-placed Mo Farah from Britain (who was born in Somalia): currently fourth-ranked among the Irish men looking to qualify for Rio, Pollock will run the London Marathon in four week’s time looking to secure pole position.

His time in Cardiff, 62:46, was a season best, with Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor defending his title in 591.0.

Next in for the Irish was Thomas Frazer, who was 41st in a PB of 65:20, one place ahead of Kevin Seaward, with Sergiu Ciobanu in 50th. Lizzie Lee, the sole Irish female competitor, finished 52nd in 75:36, also a season best.

Ian O'Riordan

Ian O'Riordan

Ian O'Riordan is an Irish Times sports journalist writing on athletics