McCormack set for Antrim International after excellent 2nd in Edinburgh

10 January 2017

Irish Olympian Fionnuala McCormack will be aiming for a hat trick of victories at Greenmount this Saturday following yet another superb 2nd place performance in the Great Edinburgh Cross at the weekend. The 31 year old will be racing in the 40th occasion of this IAAF Cross Country International which is part of a World Series. 

At Holyrood Park the 32 year old refused to be intimidated by the Turkish duo of Can and Akdag who dominated the recent European Championships where  McCormack finished 5th. While the pair broke away early on with Can eventually securing victory by some 30 secs a grimly determined   McCormack slowly closed the gap. She eventually overhauled Akdag in the closing stages to beat the Euro silver medallist by 5 secs. This was Fionnuala's 5th runner up spot in addition to two previous victories. 

 McCormack said;

"It was tough but it was good. I definitely enjoyed that that a lot more than the European Cross partly because I am now more competitive. I love racing in Edinburgh". 

Another sign of McCormack's current top form relates to the fact that she finished some 20 secs ahead of Euro 4th placer Ancuta Bobocel of Romania. Bobocel who competed in the Rio Olympics steeplechase will be racing at Greenmount. However, Fionnuala's main opposition   could come from Ethiopia's Birtukan Adamu who finished 3rd two years ago.

In Edinburgh an Irish 4x1 km mixed team  which included  Olympians Ciara Mageean from Portaferry and Newcastle's Kerry O'Flaherty finished 4th in 11 mins 22 secs ahead of Scotland and England.