Claire delight as she lands Olympic Games prize

IT has just been confirmed that Claire Hallissey has been selected to run the marathon in the Olympic Games in London.
In a press statement issued by the British Olympic Association (BOA) at 4pm the 29-year-old Bristol & West AC runner was revealed as the third woman alongside Paula Radcliffe and Mara Yamauchi.
“I’m absolutely thrilled, I think it’s still sinking in,” said Hallissey.”I’m very, very happy. It’s a dream come true, it’s what you aspire to getting on to an Olympic team.
“I was very happy with my performance at the London Marathon, it went exactly as I was aiming for and hoping for. It was one of those races where everything clicked into place and all went according to plan.
“I’ve done three marathons so far and I’ve got quicker over each one so it seems like I’ve found my distance.”
Hallissey was the highest placed British female in yesterday’s London Marathon, finishing 11th in a personal best time of 2:27.44.
The 29-year-old, who concentrated much of her training in the USA, also achieved the UK Athletics (UKA) ‘A’ qualifying standard at the Chicago Marathon in October 2011 with a time of 2:29.27. Earlier this year, she finished 19th in the New York half marathon.
Hallissey is a natural sciences graduate from Cambridge University with a doctorate in immunology from Bristol.
Also named in the men’s team alongside Scott Overall was Dave Webb.Webb did not run in yesterday’s London Marathon but his time of 2:17.31 at the 2011 event gained him qualification for the IAAF World Championships in Deagu in August 2011, where he secured an A standard top 20 place with an impressive 15th place finish, recording a personal best time of 2:15.48.

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