Derval O’Rourke (Leevale AC) got off to an excellent start when she won her 100m hurdles heat at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona. O’Rourke will now run in the semi final on Saturday evening.
Running in heat three, Derval clocked a time of 12.88 seconds which is a season’s best time for the athlete who looks to coming to at exactly the right time. O’ Rourke was fast out of the blocks as usual and maintained her speed all the way through. O’Rourke’s time was the third fastest of the heats.
Robert Heffernan (Togher AC) raced to another fourth place finish in the 50km walk. Heffernan performed bravely in this gruelling event to claim another 4th position, reapting his position from the 20km Walk. While it will be further heartbreak for Heffernan to finish just outside of the medals, he will take huge consolation in a new National record and excellent performance.
Colin Griffin (Ballinamore AC) produced his best ever major championship performance when he finished 11th in the same event. Griffin clocked a time of 3:57.58. While this time is outside his best of 3:51.32, Griffin will be delighted with his excellent finishing position.
Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank AC) gave a great show in her first major championships. The young Waterford athlete secured qualification to the semi final of the womens 200m. Whelan ran 23.78 which was good enough for fourth in het heat. This is well outside of Whelans best of 23.30 which she set earlier in the year at the European team Championships in Budapest.
Deirdre Ryan (Dundrum South Dublin AC) will not be competing in the women’s high jump final. Ryan finished ninth in her qualifying group and just missed out on a qualifying spot. Ryan jumped a season’s best height of 1.90m which ended up just shy of the 1.92m required to make the final.
Irish Athletes in action tonight:
18.25 Men’s 200m final: Paul Hession.
19.25 Women’s steeplechase final: Fionnuala Britton.
20.25 Men’s 400m final: David Gillick.
Will Downing’s post race interview with;
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