Island-born athlete Jessica Andrews is to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games after taking victory at the England Athletics & British Athletics 10,000m Championships at Hampstead Heath yesterday (Saturday).
Andrews will compete for her country in August after winning the senior women’s race over a distance of 10,000 metres, knocking an amazing 83 seconds off her personal best to come in at 31:58. The Olympic qualifying time is 32:15.
The 23-year-old – who now lives in Girona, Spain – beat a number of British stars including Jo Pavey and 2009 world champion Linet Masai of Keyna to take the 10,000 title and ultimately her place on the world stage.
Speaking after her win Jess said:
“I came into the race with nothing to lose today. I knew I was in great shape and training was going crazy good. A couple of weeks ago after an easy run, I said to my partner, ‘I have this vision that I am going to win’ – and I laughed about it because everyone has that thought in their head coming into the race.
“It’s going to be crazy this year, I’m getting married as well but that’s after the Olympics!”
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