O’Rourke stalls at semi-final hurdle
There will be no medal for Derval O’Rourke in Istanbul but Ben Reynolds did progress for Ireland at the World Indoor Athletic Championships.
Competing in her first World Indoor Championships since she claimed gold in the 60m hurdles back in 2006 the Cork woman bowed out at the semi-final stage today in Turkey. O’Rourke clocked 8.13, her fastest time this season, but it was only good enough for sixth in her semi-final and she won’t be running in the final later today. Her heat was won by the flying Aussie world champ Sally Pearson in 7.92.
However, North Down’s Ben Reynolds, competing in the men’s 60m hurdles, progressed through his heat to make tomorrow’s semi-final. Reynolds ran 7.82 to claim his place for the race that will go off at 12.45 tomorrow.
The third and final member of the small Irish team sent to Turkey was 1500m runner Ciaran O’ Lionaird. He was 10th in the World Outdoor Championships last year but he failed to make it out of his heat yesterday.
So all hopes of glory for Ireland rest on Reynolds now but this meet is just learning curve for the male hurdler and just making the semi is a step forward for him at his first senior championships.
The real deal is on in London this summer so don’t be too hard on them.