Ireland women claim bronze medal at European Cross Country championships
A brilliant fourth-placed finish from Fionnuala McCormack helped Ireland's women's team finish third at the European Cross Country championships in Hyeres in France.
McCormack maintained her remarkable record at the European Cross Country Championships with three fourth place finishes, two firsts and a sixth in the last six years and helped the team claim a second successive bronze medal at the event.
Lizzie Lee was 13th, Caroline Crowley placed 23rd and Ciara Durkan was 46th as Ireland finished behind Great Britain and hosts France in the overall pecking order.
“When you cross the line fourth you’re obviously going to be disappointed but when you turn around and see happy, exhausted faces at least you’ve gotten something out of it,” said McCormack said afterwards.
“Coming fourth means something for the team for points so it’s not just about me. I can be disappointed on the one hand but on the other we do come away with a team medal and it’s all about the team in cross country.”
Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won the 8km race in a time of 25:47.