Megan Keith secured her Olympic spot in the 10,000m PBs in London with a thrilling sprint finish. 

At the Olympic trial qualifiers, she successfully finished in a time of 31 minutes 3.01 seconds after surpassing Fiona O’Keeffe of the United States. The athlete, speaking on her win, said, “With 200 to go I thought she [O’Keeffe] had got the best of me but I rounded the bend and the crowd went insane.” 

“The atmosphere was incredible. The crowd carried me. I stayed relaxed and I’m so happy. Hopefully the good times keep coming,” she added. 

Keith: ‘Winning gives you confidence’

Though Keith had previously achieved the Olympic qualifying level, she still needed to rank among the top two British athletes in order to guarantee her official spot in the 2024 Paris Olympics. 

With her victory, she declared: “Winning gives you confidence but also the way I won. I’m very happy with how it played out.” 

Her fellow British competitor, Jessica Warner-Judd, finished in ninth position with a time of 31:35.34, missing the Olympic qualifying mark for women’s events of 30:40. 

In the men’s competition, Patrick Dever of Britain finished second, just behind Djiboutian Mohamed Ismail. Dever finished one second behind Ismail in 27:23.78, which was faster than the men’s 27:00 Olympic qualifying time. 

“The crowd here is incredible and I’m so glad to have raced here. It’s a very special night,” Dever admitted. 

He added: “I put my all into getting the 27 minutes but it wasn’t to be tonight.” 

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Source: BBC

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