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Irish three makes finals at World Championships

Independent.ie reporters

Published 01/09/2011 | 15:33

Ciaran O’Lionaird completed an unforgettable day in Daegu by becoming Ireland’s second ever 1,500-metre World Championship finalist.

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Earlier Deirdre Ryan and Alistair Cragg come through their heats too.



O’Lionaird had the benefit of running in the second of the day’s semis.



After a slow first semi-final, he knew a place in the top seven would almost certainly guarantee a place in Sunday’s final as a fastest loser.



The US-based 23-year-old shadowed the leaders until the final lap. Then he moved into third position.



He was overtaken just before the line, so missing out on an automatic place in the final.



But by finishing sixth in 3:36.96, his place was secured.



Deirdre Ryan’s performance also secured a place in next year’s Olympics.



And Cragg came through a tough 5000m race to make it through to Sunday’s final.



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