23 Apr

Freya Bides Time Over Olympic Selection

Freya Murray London 2012

The joy of Freya Murray's remarkable debut at the Virgin London Marathon, in which she finished almost three minutes within the Olympic qualifying time and placed her as the second fastest Scottish female over the distance, was offset by the fact her performance may not be enough to secure the final spot at London 2012.

The Edinburgh AC runner finished the race in 2:28:10, just over a minute behind Liz McColgan's record of 2:26:52. Perhaps more importantly, Freya came in 26 seconds later than Bristol and West's Claire Hallissey, who know stands in pole position to secure the final marathon slot alongside Paula Radcliffe and Mara Yamouchi.

Freya, who competed in the 2010 Commonwealth Games over 5,000 and 10,000 metres, admitted the performance leaves her in limbo: "It was certainly tough but I'm slightly frustrated. I just don't know what's going to happen now - I'll just have to wait for the decision following today's selection meeting."

On the possibility that she may be called up as standby, Freya continued: "I'm really pretty pleased with it though there's nothing guaranteed for me in terms of the Olympics. It basically looks like I'll be the one asked to keep myself in reserve and train for a marathon I might not run - but I'm more than prepared to do that."