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Marathon Runners To Return To London For Olympics

Monday 23rd April 2012

After yesterday's Marathon - two more British athletes will be returning to the streets of London to go for Gold at the 2012 Olympics.

Claire Hallissey's been picked for Team GB after an impressive personal best over the 26 miles yesterday - 2:27:44. The 29 year old from Watford joins world record holder Paula Radcliffe and Mara Yamauchi, who finished 6th in Beijing, on the women's team.

Dave Webb joins Scott Overall on the men's Marathon team in London this summer. The 30 year old didn't run yesterday but did in 2011, and then achieving the 'A' standard qualification time in the World Championships in Daegu last summer when he ran 2hrs 15mins 48secs to finish 15th.

Hallissey said: "I'm absolutely thrilled, I think it's still sinking in. I'm very, very happy. It's a dream come true, it's what you aspire to getting on to an Olympic team. I was very happy with my performance at the London Marathon, it went exactly as I was aiming for and hoping for."

Before the Virgin London Marathon she told our Olympics Correspondent John Cushing "I think its an added bonus its London. The Olympics is a massive thing regardless of which country its in. Its the icing on the cake and cherry on top of the icing that its a home Olympics."

Dave Webb said "I'm delighted to be selected. I'm going to work extremely hard over the coming months to be in the best possible condition to compete well at the Games"

It comes as tributes have been pouring in for the 30 year old charity runner who died in yesterday's race.

61 athletes have now been officially selected to Team GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games: 5 marathon runners, 5 boxers, 13 sailors, 38 swimmers.