4:14pm Monday 23rd April 2012
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Claire Hallissey and Dave Webb have been named in the Great Britain team for the marathon at the London 2012 Olympics.
Hallissey was awarded the third and final spot available for the women alongside Paula Radcliffe and Mara Yamauchi following her impressive personal best in Sunday's Virgin London Marathon.
Webb, who did not race in the capital on Sunday, joins Scott Overall in the men's race.
Hallissey achieved the Olympic 'A' standard with a time of two hours 27 minutes 44 seconds to finish 11th. The 29-year-old was selected ahead of Jo Pavey, who already had the 'A' standard from last year's race and opted to sit out the London Marathon, hoping no one would better her time. Hallissey, though, went 40 seconds quicker than her compatriot did.
Hallissey said: "I'm absolutely thrilled, I think it's still sinking in. I'm very, very happy. It's a dream come true. It's what you aspire to, getting on to an Olympic team."
The Watford-born athlete, who now lives in Arlington, Virginia, admits she draws inspiration from world record holder Radcliffe, who will now be a team-mate at the Games.
She added: "Seeing the times that Paula has been able to run, it is an inspiration that a British runner can go out and get those kind of times. You hope somewhere down the line you might be able to hit those times and be competitive with the African runners."
Webb had the 'A' standard from the World Championships in Daegu last summer when he ran 2hrs 15mins 48secs to finish 15th. He elected not to compete in Sunday's race and admitted watching the event unfold on TV was a nail-biting experience
He said: "It's been a nerve-wracking few days, watching the London Marathon and seeing how the results went there so it's part relief, part joy to be picked.
"I'm delighted to be selected. I'm going to work extremely hard over the coming months to be in the best possible condition to compete well at the Games."
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