Hunt and Dent added to marathon squad


Australia will send a full complement of six marathoners to the London Olympics after Jeff Hunt and Martin Dent got the nod from selectors.

The duo will be named in the team on Thursday when Athletics Australia (AA) adds several walkers and distance runners to a squad that is eventually expected to number about 40.

Delhi Commonwealth Games silver medallist Michael Shelley was the only Australian man to better the tough qualifying standard of two hours and 12 minutes set by AA.

But the selectors decided that as both Hunt and Dent had run under the standard of 2:15:00 set by the IAAF, world track and field's governing body, they had also done enough to earn spots on the team.

The two marathons were the only events where the AA qualifying mark was tougher than the one set by the IAAF.

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