Monday 26 September 2016

Ireland's 4x400m men's relay team qualify for European final but it's woe for Mary Cullen

Published 09/07/2016 | 14:12

Thomas Barr of Ireland in action during the Men's 400m Hurdles semi-finals on day two of the 23rd European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Thomas Barr of Ireland in action during the Men's 400m Hurdles semi-finals on day two of the 23rd European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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.

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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.



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