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IRISH ACE MAKING HIS MARK; MARATHON.

Byline: MICHAEL SCULLY

MARK KENNEALLY knew there would be sweat and tears on his way to a first Olympic marathon - but didn't think he'd shed blood to get to London too.

Kenneally, 31, was completing his preparations with a 25km run in the Phoenix Park when an oncoming car left him with nowhere to go and he slipped off the grass verge and thumped his head.

The Dubliner kept going on his training run but his white vest was covered in blood when he finished.

That was just the end of a gruelling preparation period that forced him to slow down in the last month before he came to London.

"It's exciting thinking about it in the run-in but your training is so intense that you're focused on that, and you're tired," said the Clonliffe Harrier.

"It does dull the excitement a bit but I've had a good long build-up."

Kenneally got three 10,000m races in during that buildup, including a frustrating European Championships final in Helsinki (below) where he could feel the heaviness in his leg as he came in 15th.

But he tapered off after that and, in constant touch with his mentor Mark Carroll, he's hoping to run well tomorrow morning (11am).

Having achieved the A standard for the Olympics in 2 hours 13 minutes 55 seconds - finishing 18th at the Amsterdam Marathon - and he's hoping the buzz will drive him on at the start line.

"The Olympics is different, completely different to anything else," he said.

""It's the one thing that you want to do in your career.

"Europeans, World Championships - you really want to do them but if you never did one of them and did an Olympics, it means an awful lot more," he admitted.

"Again, probably because of training and stuff like that I didn't let what it is wash over me as much but when I look back on it, I probably will."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 11, 2012
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