Sunday 28 May 2017

Irish duo qualify for 60m semi-finals at European Indoors in Belgrade

Ciara Neville of Ireland competes in the Women's 60 metres heats on day two of the 2017 European Athletics Indoor Championships at the Kombank Arena in Belgrade
Ciara Neville of Ireland competes in the Women's 60 metres heats on day two of the 2017 European Athletics Indoor Championships at the Kombank Arena in Belgrade
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Irish duo Phil Healy and 17-year-old Ciara Neville have advanced to the semi-finals of the 60m at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade.

Limerick teenager Neville qualified automatically after finishing fourth in her senior championship debut. Healy also came fourth in her heat.

Neville clocked a time of 7.46 seconds, 0.16 off her season's best mark.

Healy qualified in a time of 7.39 seconds. Both will compete in their semi-finals tomorrow.

"I'm absolutely delighted,” said Neville afterwards. “I ran that race like a final. I thought really hard about competing here, but I decided to come in case this opportunity never came around again. There's more to come."

"A big Q, that's what I came out here for, so I have to be happy,” said Healy who ran in the 400m heats yesterday. “After the 400, if I let myself think the legs are heavy, then you're fighting a losing battle. You have to believe you're coming out fresh, then it's going to happen."

Later today, Ciara Mageean and John Travers will go in their respective 1,500m finals.

Travers will run in the final of the men's 1500m after an appeal against the result of his heat was successful when it was shown that a recall gun was fired by mistake, causing the Irishman to stop early in the race.

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