Name: Aoife Cooke

Event: Marathon

Age: 36

The Cork native booked her place at the Summer Games when she convincingly beat the women's Olympic qualifying standard of 2:29.30, finishing in a time of 2:28.36 to win the Cheshire Elite Marathon in April.

That moved her to fourth on the all-time list of Irish women's marathon runners ahead of Sonia O'Sullivan and continues her rapid rise in the sport.

The 2019 Dublin marathon was the race where Cooke really announced herself as a genuine Olympic contender and made people sit up and take notice when she seemingly came from nowhere to finish as the first Irish women across the line, in a time that set a new record for an Irish female competitor on home soil.