Alyson 43rd in World Championships marathon

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Sunderland’s Alyson Dixon finished 43rd in the women’s marathon on her major championship debut at the World Championships in South Korea today.

The 32-year-old, who runs for Chester-le-Street AC, came home in two hours 50 minutes 51 seconds – but missed out on the top 20 spots which would have massively boosted her chances of qualifying for next August’s London Olympics.

Fellow Brit Susan Partridge finished 25th in 2:35.57.

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