Diver eyes Comm Games marathon over worlds
Leading marathon runner Sinead Diver is set to prioritise the Commonwealth Games over the 2022 world championships with a number of Australian athletes facing the same dilemma.
Diver, who finished 10th at the Tokyo Olympics, has to choose between the two marquee events due a COVID-forced rescheduling of the track and field world titles in Oregon.
The world championships were originally scheduled for August 2021 however the postponement of the Tokyo Games forced them back a year.
They finish just four days before the start of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, with just 12 days between the marathon races meaning the Irish-born Diver can't race both.
"I obviously wouldn't do both so I have to decide which event to do," Diver told AAP.
"I actually think I'd like to do the Comm Games just because I haven't done a Comm Games before.
"It's in Birmingham - so it will be close to Ireland - and also the world champs are in Eugene so it could be very hot there.
"The next marathon I do I'd rather do a faster one, rather than to have to do all the heat training again."
Other Australian athletes who would likely have to opt for one event over the other include Tokyo decathlon bronze medallist Ash Moloney and his training partner Cedric Dubler.
After becoming just the second Australian woman - after Los Angeles 1984 silver medallist Lisa Ondieki - to finish in the top 10 at an Olympic marathon, Diver backed up with another impressive 12th placing at the London marathon in early October.
Her results are even more stunning given Diver only started running competitively in 2013 after the birth of her elder son.
Diver, 44, said she would have been disappointed if she hadn't cracked top 10 in Tokyo.
"I've placed top 20 before and I knew that I was a lot fitter this time around and I prepared really well for it," she said.
"I'd done a lot of heat training and I think I would have been disappointed had I not gotten top 10 just because I knew how fit I was."
After such a heavy workload she's taking on the half-marathon race at the Melbourne Marathon Festival in early December.
The event is special to Diver as it was where she ran her first marathon, in 2014, which kicked off her representative career.
"A lot of lot of girls have signed up - it's got a really strong field," Diver said.
"Izzi Batt-Doyle is in it, Jess Trengrove, Eloise Wellings - the field is really stacked so it's going to be a really competitive race."
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