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Four-time Olympian slams Athletics Australia after dropping appeal against Paris non-selection

Lisa Weightman has had a change of heart and reluctantly given up on her dream of contesting a record fifth Olympic marathon, with Commonwealth Games champion Jess Stenson to complete a remarkable comeback in Paris.

Weightman, 45, appealed her initial non-selection in the three-strong Australian squad to the National Sports Tribunal (NST) in May.

The NST recommended that Athletics Australia (AA) appoint an independent committee to reconsider their selection.

AA declined to do so after providing documentation as to why Weightman had been overlooked in favour of Sinead Diver, Genevieve Gregson and Stenson.

Countrywoman Izzi Batt-Doyle and Eloise Wellings had also bettered the Olympic qualifying standard.

Weightman had the third fastest Australian time in the qualifying period behind Diver and Gregson.

But the selectors placed great weight in Stenson’s proven big-event pedigree, which includes gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Weightman has finished in the top 35 at the past four Olympics, with a best of 16th at London in 2012.