Ireland's 4x400m men's relay team qualify for European final but it's woe for Mary Cullen
Ireland's 4x400m relay team have earned themselves a final place at the European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam and another shot at qualification for Rio.
The team of Brian Gregan, Craig Lynch, David Gillick and Tomas Barr qualified as the second fastest losers in a time of 3:04.42 which was just outside the Olympic qualifying standard of 3:04.25.
Gillick said afterwards: "We're exactly where we want to be in the final and we believe we can go quicker."
Sinead Denny, Phil Healy, Jenna Bromell and Ciara McCallon were last in their heat but ran a season's best 3:34.02. It wasn't enough to make the final.
The other Irish athletes in action today are Barry Pender in the men’s high jump qualifying rounds, we also have male and female relay teams in the 4x100m events.
Christine McMahon will feature in the 400m hurdles semi-final, while Deirdre Byrne will be Ireland's sole representative in the 5,000m final at 8.05pm after Mary Cullen was forced to pull out due to injury.
1/2 I've dealt with disappointments before but this hurts alot more did everything to give myself another chance to try and qualify for Rio— Mary Cullen (@cullenator17) July 9, 2016
2/2after coming close in April I thought it was there and it would come but injuries have a mind of their own and strike at the worst time— Mary Cullen (@cullenator17) July 9, 2016
just gutted!! I know I'm not the only athlete to deal with setbacks but this might take a minute. Best of luck to deridre byrne tonight— Mary Cullen (@cullenator17) July 9, 2016