Sunday 25 September 2016

Galligan turns thoughts to 800m after Indoor agony

Cathal Dennehy

Published 19/03/2016 | 02:30

'Galligan (L) positioned herself towards the front of the race for the first half but had no answer when Ethiopia's Dawit Seyaum surged with two laps remaining' Photo: Ian Walton/Getty
'Galligan (L) positioned herself towards the front of the race for the first half but had no answer when Ethiopia's Dawit Seyaum surged with two laps remaining' Photo: Ian Walton/Getty

Rose-Anne Galligan was eliminated in the heats of the women's 1,500m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon last night after finishing ninth in 4:16.84.

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Galligan positioned herself towards the front of the race for the first half but had no answer when Ethiopia's Dawit Seyaum surged with two laps remaining.

"I went out there to give myself the best opportunity, but my legs didn't have it on the day," she said. "I'll learn from this. Everything I've been doing in training has been better than ever, but I just couldn't show it out there today. I'm going to Albuquerque for a month, then want to have a go at the Olympic standard for 800m in May."

Meanwhile, IAAF president Lord Coe admits he is saddened by the absence of Russian athletes from the World Indoor Championships because of their ban for state-sponsored doping.

Painful

"It saddens me that we're in this situation," said Coe. "I'm a runner, I've fought long and hard for the rights of athletes, particularly clean athletes; yes, it is painful. I don't like to see clean athletes sitting out championships."

Elsewhere in Portland, West Waterford's Joe Gough will compete in an invitational masters 800m event at 9.15pm tonight, which will feature the fastest over-60s in the world. With a best of 2:15.90 this year, Gough is the top-seeded of the six athletes in the race.

In Dudince, Slovakia, Robert Heffernan will lead a quartet of Irish athletes at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge. The former world champion will compete in the 20km event alongside Brendan Boyce and Cian McMenamon, while Alex Wright will tackle the 50km event.

Fionnuala McCormack will compete at the New York City Half Marathon tomorrow as she continues her preparations for a tilt at both the 10,000m and marathon at the Olympics.

World Indoor Championships Eurosport, 6pm & midnight and BBC 2, midnight

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