8 Aug

Freya Looks Ahead To Glasgow

Freya Murray

After finishing as fastest Briton at the Women's Olympic Marathon, Freya Murray is now looking ahead to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The 28-year-old became the first Scot to run the Olympic marathon on Sunday (5 Aug) since Liz McColgan in Atlanta 1996.

The Scottish Cross Country champion was given just eight days notification that she would be taking part in the race when named as a late replacement for the injured Paula Radcliffe. But Murray managed to finish in a respectable 44th place with a time of 02:32:14.

Murray said after the race: "The experience was absolutely amazing. I was gutted for Paula when she couldn't run and it would have been lovely for her to have run in London obviously, but on the other hand it presented me with such a great chance to enjoy this. It went well and hopefully this is a big stepping stone for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and the next Olympics after that in Rio."

Mara Yamauchi, the other pre-selected British runner along with Radcliffe, was forced to drop out before the 10 kilometres mark with a bruised heel. And Freya who had been sharing a room with Yamauchi, had words of sympathy for her fellow Team GB member: "It's a horrible way to go out of the Games - I really feel for her."

Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana took gold in the event with a time of 02:23:07, while Prisca Jeptoo of Kenya was awarded silver and Tatyana Petrova-Arkhipova of Russia, bronze.