Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
MAXWELL BOMBS OUT IN GRAN CANARIA
Tanith Maxwell is running of time if she hopes to qualify for this year’s Rio Olympics, after she failed to finish the Gran Canaria Marathon in Las Palmas on Sunday.
The 39-year-old athlete, who took second place at the annual event last year, started the race but official results indicated she dropped out around the halfway mark.
Maxwell, who has competed at four editions of the IAAF World Championships, finished 81st in the women’s 42km race at the 2012 London Olympics.
She made the step up to ultra-marathons last season, however, taking third place at the 56km Two Oceans in Cape Town.
With seven women having already dipped under the 2:45:00 qualifying standard for the Rio Games during the Sascoc window period, it was unclear whether Maxwell would make another attempt to book her place in the team or shift her full focus to ultra-marathon distances.
Elina Junnila of Finland won the women’s race in Gran Canaria, clocking 2:57:49, and Kenyan Julius Korir secured the men’s title in 2:14:48.