Freya Murray Added to UK Olympic Team!!!

Freya Murray and Steve Jones shortly after the Virgin London Marathon this Spring

Freya Murray Added to UK Olympic Team!!!

July 30, 2012 – For immediate release


Scotland’s Freya Murray was today officially named to the UK Olympic Marathon team, taking the place of the injured world record-holder, Paula Radcliffe. While reports have surfaced on and off the past fortnight about Radcliffe’s condition, she did not make her withdrawal official until yesterday morning, citing a “painful osteoarthritis condition in her left foot,” according to The Telegraph newspaper.


Murray earned her Olympic “A” qualification mark with a brilliant 2:28:10 debut this past April at the Virgin London Marathon, missing out by just 26 seconds to Claire Hallissey on the third Olympic spot as the two finished 1st and 2nd in the UK marathon championship that day.


Freya commented: “I am just so excited about this. It’s not been very nice for Paula the past few days, with rumors running rampant in the press, and I really feel bad for her. I really want to thank everybody who has supported me…my family and friends, my fiancé Michael, adidas, and mainly my coach, Steve Jones. I feel I’ve been so lucky the past few years. I hardly ran in 2011 with the injuries, but Steve made me believe I could do the marathon well, and London was my focus this Spring. We’ll see how the race goes on Sunday. I’ve done some long runs this summer, with two hours yesterday, and I’m happy to have that under my belt. I’m just looking forward to running in the Olympic Games!”


Freya’s coach, former marathon world record holder and 1984 Olympian Steve Jones, commented from his home in Boulder, Colorado: “Freya is ready to run and she will be on the start line healthy. One of the most significant things is that they [UK Athletics] are willing to put a young and upcoming athlete into the mix to help build for the future. This is all part of the journey for Freya.” Jonesy then followed up, “And this gives me a perfect mark…I coach one British athlete and now I have one British Olympian!” He indicated that he has quickly booked a ticket and will fly into London later this week.


Freya’s Athlete Representative, Brendan Reilly: “Freya and Steve should be inspirations to every athlete and coach for the value of perseverance and belief. Freya dealt with a lot of frustrating injuries in 2011, starting and re-starting training time and again. She showed complete belief in Steve when he began to have her move up to the half-marathon and then prepare for her marathon debut. I couldn’t be happier for her to have this opportunity to run the Olympics in front of what is certain to be spectacular support for the British athletes.”

This went on for more than a day.


Boulder Wave Notes:

  • Along with Lee Merrien, who earned his way onto the UK men’s Olympic team with a 2:13:41 win in the UK men’s marathon championship as part of the Virgin London Marathon this year, Freya becomes the second UK marathoner represented by Boulder Wave to gain an Olympic berth.


  • Freya becomes the eighth woman represented by Boulder Wave to be selected for the 2012 Olympic Marathon. The others are Constantina Dita (ROU), Lidia Simon (ROU), Edna Kiplagat (KEN), Rene Kalmer (RSA), Irvette van Blerk (RSA), Diane Nukuri Johnson (BDI), and Yoshimi Ozaki (JPN). Ten Boulder Wave athletes overall will race in the London Olympics.


  • Freya’s selection means that five of our Olympians locked in their Olympic berths on the basis of their results at this year’s Virgin London Marathon, including also Edna Kiplagat, Constantina Dita, Irvette van Blerk, and Lee Merrien.


Questions can be directed to Brendan Reilly at Boulder Wave, Inc., E-Mail: US mobile: +1-720-280-2689. UK Mobile (July 31st – August 14th): +44-7909-861880.

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