In April, Mayo woman Sinead Diver finished seventh in the London marathon in a time of 2.24.11 making her the second fastest Irish female marathon runner in history, behind Catherina McKiernan. She has run the classic distance even quicker than Sonia O’Sullivan. Diver’s recent meteoric rise in running has been widely celebrated in athletics circles because she has been posting some phenomenal times aged in her early 40s and her run in London was even enough to qualify her for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

But unless you are a fairly close follower of athletics, chances are you may not have heard much about her. That is because she will be running in the Australian colours in Tokyo.