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29 March 2021, 10am

Davis runs 2:27:16

UK Olympic marathon trials

In a fast-becoming-typical elite-only style race on a 12-lap course within the enclosed environment of London's Kew Gardens Chris Thompson and Stephanie Davis ran within the qualifying time for the Tokyo Olympic Marathon.

Thompson bided his time, lagging behind the early lead group as they went through halfway on 2:09:30 pace, but breezed past them when the pace started to drop after 30km. The 39-year old finished 40 seconds inside the 2:11:30 qualifying time. He joins Callum Hawkins and Ben Connor in the Olympic Team, both of whom had earlier run qualifying times. While Hawkins had already been selected, and acted as a pacemaker in the trial, Connor secured his Olympic place by finishing second in the Kew Gardens trial.

Running strongly in the second half of the race Davis set a personal best with her 2:27:16 time, the only woman to finish inside the qualifying standard of 2:29:30.


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