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Lee Merrien selected for Great Britain marathon squad

Lee Merrien
Merrien was the fourth Briton to finish the marathon

Guernsey's Lee Merrien has been selected to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the European Athletics Championships this summer.

He will compete in Barcelona in the marathon on 1 August.

He qualified after finishing 12th in the London Marathon on Sunday, his first ever attempt at the distance.

He ran inside the qualifying time of two hours and 18 minutes, but outside the top three Britons meaning he had to rely on the selectors' trust.

He has been chosen to wear the British vest alongside the three men who finished a short distance ahead of him, Andrew Lemoncello, Andi Jones and Ben Moreau, as well as Dan Robinson and Dave Webb.

They'll compete for the European Marathon Cup, which is incorporated into the 20th European Athletics Championships beginning on 26 July.



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