Neville and Lavin of Emerald AC bow out at European Semi-Final Stage


Emerald AC athletes Ciara Neville and Sarah Lavin have exited the European Championships in Torun at the semi-final stage.

Neville had advanced to the semi-finals after running a superb race from lane eight in the opening heat of the 60 meters to finish fourth (7.37) and automatically qualify to the semi-finals earlier this morning. She went on to take her place in the first of the semi-finals where she backed up her earlier performance by clocking 7.37 to finish 7th.

Sarah Lavin was also in semi-final action this afternoon on the back of her stunning 8.06 PB in yesterday’s heats. The 2013 European U20 silver medallist went in the 3rd semi-final of the 60m hurdles where she lined up against four athletes boasting sub 8 second PBs. Lavin exploded from the blocks and finished in 4th in what was the second best time of her career, missing out on progression to the final by one hundredth of a second. She crossed the line in a blanket finish for 8.07.

The 26-year-old will be delighted with her consistency of performance which saw her PB tumble each of the last three months in the lead up to today’s semi-final.

Molly Scott and Joan Healy were also in action earlier this morning in the 60m but did not make it through their respective heats.

Scott will feel a little unlucky not to have progressed to the semis having only missed out on a fastest qualifier by one hundredth of a second. She posted a time of 7.37, the same as Neville, in finishing seventh in her heat, but was edged out after a fast final heat. 

Healy went in the 4th heat and crossed the line in 7.46, which was outside her personal best of 7.31.

Sean Tobin will be the final Irish athlete in action at these championships as he takes up hi place in the 3,000m final this evening (16.52). The Clonmel AC athlete finished fifth in 7:47.71 PB to qualify as the second fastest runner-up yesterday.

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