Thursday 27 April 2017

Ireland's Brian Gregan advances to semi finals of European Indoor Championships

Brian Gregan of Ireland ahead of competing in his Men's 400m Heat during the European Indoor Athletics Championships
Brian Gregan of Ireland ahead of competing in his Men's 400m Heat during the European Indoor Athletics Championships

Brian Gregan has advanced to the semi-finals of the mens' 400m in the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade

The Clonliffe Harriers man was the highlight Irish performer on the first morning session and finished second in a time of 47.62 to qualify automatically for tonight's semi-final.

“I got through and that’s the main thing. I’m looking forward to tonight,” said Gregan.

Sinead Denny got Irish interest underway with a fourth-place finish in the women’s 400m heats in 54.20 but narrowly missed out on a fastest qualifier spot.

Phil Healy (Bandon) finished third in a physical 400m heat, where she was checked heavily at the bell, with her time of 54.80 not enough to advance.

"It was just a disaster of a race, all around, out there, but I'll learn a huge amount," said Healy who will now turn her attention to the 60m heats tomorrow morning.

Zak Curran (DSD) was the last of the Irish in action finishing fifth in his 800m heat in 1:50.87 and didn’t advance.

The men’s 60m hurdles heats were cancelled so that sees Ben Reynolds (North Down) competing in the semi-finals later this afternoon at 15:45.

Irish afternoon schedule:

15:45: Ben Reynolds 60m hurdles men semi-final

16:05: Ciara Mageean and Kerry O’Flaherty 1500m women round 1

17:05: Brian Gregan 400m men semi-final

17:25: Tomas Cotter 3,000m men round 1

18:15: John Travers 1500m men round 1

19:10: Ben Reynolds 60m hurdles men final*

*should he advance from the semi-final

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