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Last Updated: Monday, 19 April, 2004, 12:05 GMT 13:05 UK
Morris named for Athens
Tracey Morris
Tracey Morris has made the British team for the Athens Olympics after finishing 10th in the London Marathon.

Morris finished Sunday's race as top British woman in a time of two hours 33 minutes 52 seconds, inside the Olympic qualifying standard.

It means the 36-year-old contact lens optician will now join Paula Radcliffe and Liz Yelling in Athens.

"I can hardly believe it," she said. "I will now have to speak to my bosses and see if I can get the time off work."

Morris had only completed one London Marathon previously, going around in over three and a half hours six years ago.

But after taking a break from the sport, she took up running seriously again 18 months ago in Leeds, where she is now based.

Nobody was more surprised at my time than me
Tracey Morris

After running a number of 10km events, she was invited to take part in the London Marathon but she admitted she was not expecting too much from the race.

"Nobody was more surprised on Sunday than me," she said, after .

"I never thought I would get anywhere near the Olympic qualifiying time and my biggest fear was hitting the wall.

"But I am now hoping I can knock more time off in Athens.

"I've been there once before as my friend lives there and I was at her wedding four years ago but it will be nice to go back."


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