Wednesday 28 September 2016

No joy for Irish athletes on third day of World Championships in Beijing

Published 24/08/2015 | 09:02

Tori Pena in action during the Women's Pole Vault qualification event. IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 - Day 3, National Stadium, Beijing, China. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Tori Pena in action during the Women's Pole Vault qualification event. IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 - Day 3, National Stadium, Beijing, China. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

There was no joy for the Irish women on day 3 of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing with Tori Pena, Michelle Finn, Sara Treacy and Kerry O'Flaherty missing out on qualification in their respective events.

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Tori Pena (Finn Valley) finished 10th in Group A of the women's pole vault qualification with a best of 4.30m. Pena was hoping for more and felt she should have cleared 4.45m but was happy with her overall progress this year.

"I wanted a bit more," she said afterwards.  "This year was definitely a building year for me. Last year was really rough, I struggled with injuries so I’m happy overall with the progress, but my training didn’t really show today."

Michelle Finn (Leevale), Sara Treacy (Dunboyne) and Kerry O'Flaherty (Newcastle) battled hard in the heats of the women's 3,000m steeplechase but were unable to advance to the final.

Michelle Finn was first up in heat 1 and she finished 9th in 9:55.27 in hot and humid conditions. "It was fun, it was cool to run here but I would have liked to have run faster," said Finn afterwards.

Sara Treacy was next up in heat 2 and was frustrated with her 13th place finish in 9:48.24. "It was hard, I’m not very happy with my race," said Treacy. "I’ve so much to improve on and I’m glad I got the experience, so I can only improve for next year. I’m raging, but there you go, it was my third quickest (time). It was solid enough but I know I’m capable of quicker. It’s annoying not to run a season’s best.

Kerry O'Flaherty rounded out the triumvirate finishing 13th in the third, and final, heat in 10:05.10. O'Flaherty struggled in the heat but the 34-year-old looked at the positives.

"I’m disappointed about the time but I’m delighted to be here, and hopefully on the road to Rio now it’s given me the chance to run against the best in the world and experience the call room and everything."

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