ALYSON DIXON will be focussed with intent on tomorrow’s London Marathon to see if her performance at Brighton last week qualifies her for the World Championships and Olympics, writes Kevin Carr.
The Sunderland 32-year-old was nine seconds inside the UK Athletics Daegu and London 2012 Olympic 2hr, 35min minimum standard when winning the Brighton Marathon on Sunday.
She ran the race of her life to knock nearly eight minutes off her previous best only to be told minutes later that her qualifying achievement would not be recognised, as Brighton is not on the list of IAAF registered courses.
Although the course was measured by top class official Hugh Jones, the organisers failed to register it. They thought it would gain automatic registration as Jones is an IAAF grade A course measurer. Only two British marathons are on the IAAF list – London and the Falkland Islands.
Up to five athletes can be selected for the World Championship, as long as they attain the UK B mark of 2.35. Of the contenders, the Chester-le-Street club athlete is the only one so far to reach the team target time.
“I’ll be watching what the others do in London. I’ve just got to see if my time is good enough,’’ she said.
UKA have stated they will do all they can to get the IAAF to accept Dixon’s time, but they said they are not confident of the outcome. But, in Dixon’s favour, her time in last year’s ratified New York Marathon of 2.42.50 meets the IAAF’s softer B qualifying time for South Korea. But, if this is accepted, UKA would have to relax their stiff qualifying conditions.
Britain’s hopes in tomorrow’s race rest with Andrew Lemoncello – eighth last year – and 2006 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Liz Yelling. Jo Pavey will also make her debut over the distance and has targeted the Olympics qualifying time.