Patterson and Keane make World semi-finals


Keane and Patterson make World U20 semi-finals

The Irish team had a good first day at the IAAF World U20 Athletics Championships with Jo Keane (Ennis Track) and Davicia Patterson (Beechmount Harriers) making respective semi-finals in Tampere, Finland today (July 10).

Jo Keane was the first athlete on track and she achieved her goal of making the semi-final of the 800m with a 7th place finish in 2:09.59. This was enough to advance as a fastest qualifier.

It was then on to the 400m heats and Davicia Patterson was first up in heat 1 and she produced a brilliant performance from lane 8 finishing second in 53.20 to advance automatically.

In heat 2 Ciara Deely (Kilkenny City Harriers) finished 6th in 54.69 and just missed out to make it the full complement of athletes qualifying to the next stage.

You can watch athlete interviews on Athletics Ireland social media channels and watch the championships on the IAAF YouTube channel HERE - get the schedule and results on their site HERE

Ciara Neville (Emerald) and Gina-Akpe Moses (Blackrock-Louth) are in action tomorrow morning in the heats of the 100m. In the afternoon Jo Keane and Davicia Patterson return to action in their respective semi-finals.

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