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Olympic marathon disappointment for Freya Murray

Freya Murray represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi
Image caption Freya Murray represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi

Scottish athlete Freya Murray looks to have narrowly missed out on a place in the Olympics after finishing behind Claire Hallissey in Sunday's London marathon.

Paula Radcliffe and Mara Yamauchi qualified for the Olympic marathon before the London race. Murray had hoped she could win the final place on the GB team.

Murray, 28, ran her first ever marathon in an impressive 2:28:12 but she was 26 seconds behind Hallissey.

The women's London marathon was won by Kenyan Mary Keitany in 2:18:36

Murray, who represented Scotland in the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, faced stiff competition from other top women athletes, including Liz Yelling, Louise Damen and fellow Scot Susan Partridge.

Before the London event, veteran marathon runner Jo Pavey had already run below the qualifying time and the other women needed to beat her time of 2:28:24.

The last Scottish woman to represent GB in an Olympic marathon was Liz McColgan in 1996 in Atlanta.

The last time a Scottish man qualified for the Olympic marathon was Donald McGregor, who came seventh in Munich in 1972.

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