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Cahir awaits Sergiu's selection for Rio

Sergiu Ciobanu, the 2nd Irish man across the line in the 42nd BMW BERLIN MARATHON in a time of 2:15:17 inside the 2:17:00 qualifying standard for Rio. Four Irish men finished the Berlin marathon well inside the qualifying standard for next summer's Rio Olympics leaving Athletics Ireland with a selection dilemma.

Kevin Seaward came through strongly to cross the line as first Irishman and was pleasantly surprised with his time. “The first 5k felt really fast but as the race went on it settled and everything felt good from there,” said Seaward. “I thought I'd run around 2:15. I didn't think I could go inside it so it's a pleasant surprise. I'm absolutely delighted.”

He was followed closely home by Sergiu Ciobanu in 2:15:14 with Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock) just holding off Paul Pollock in a great tussle in 2:15:35 to 2:15:38.

“There was a good group and we worked together,” said Ciobanu of how the race went with a host of Irish in the elite field. “I started to struggle a bit for the last 10/12k. I am delighted to finish second Irishman. Now I don't have to worry too much about running another marathon in the spring. I can hopefully prove my form with a half marathon at the world half marathon in March.”

Mick Clohisey led the Irish charge from the gun and, despite underestimating the distance, crossed the line with a two minute personal best. “The first half there was a good group of us and I was at the front of it all the way,” said Clohisey. “I thought I might be able to pick it up the second half but I slowed a bit; I underestimated the distance. The latter stages I started to struggle. It's a two-minute PB, I have to be happy.