Tokyo 2020: Weekend Preview (Day 15 & 16)

Our Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holders will close out the final weekend of Olympic competition with the marathon event.

Image: Our marathon runners prepare to take on Tokyo starting today. Credit: Athletics Australia 



Women’s Marathon (Sinead Diver, Ellie Pashley)* 



Men’s Madison (Kell O’Brien)* 



Stingers V Netherlands 5-6 Classification (Rowie Webster) 




Men’s Marathon (Jack Rayner, Brett Robinson)* 


Sinead Diver

Sinead Diver is an athlete that is bound to show the world that anything is possible. She only first started running eleven years ago when she was keen to get fit, post-pregnancy. Initially, her success was over shorter distances, but she always knew that she was going to be better over long distances and was always intrigued by the marathon.  

After the birth of her second son, Dara, in 2013, Diver decided to make her marathon debut at the Melbourne Marathon, placing second in an impressive time of 2:35.15. Her time was quick enough to qualify her for the Irish team for the 2015 World Championships. Shortly after, Athletics Ireland changed their qualifying standard, pushing her time outside. However, Australia gave her a lifeline and selected her for the World Championships, where she placed 21st. 

As well as juggling two children, Diver has managed to compete at three consecutive world championships and has recorded an impressive string of personal best times, which now puts her as one of Australia greatest long-distance running women. Although she doesn't like to be defined by her age, Diver will become the oldest ever Australian Olympian in athletics and believes that "succeeding at any age is all about your mindset." 

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