O'Rourke seals Worlds spot
Published 04/07/2011 | 05:00
DERVAL O'Rourke secured qualification for this summer's World Championships and the 2012 Olympics with a season best 12.85 seconds when second in the 100m hurdles at La Chaux de Fonds meeting yesterday.
O'Rourke ran sub-13 (12.97) in the heat and was also part of the Irish 4x100m relay team who finished sixth in 45:49 at the same Swiss meeting.
Elsewhere, Alonso Edward, the 'Panamanian Rocket', lived up to his nickname and reputation when relegating Paul Hession to the runner-up spot in the Cork City Sports 200m.
Edward, who finished second behind Usain Bolt in the 2009 World Championships, edged clear in the home straight to win a thrilling contest in a time of 20.89 (-2.7 wind), ahead of Hession's 21.05.
In a field disappointingly short on elite Irish athletes, Olive Loughnane strolled to victory in the 3,000m, while fellow walker Robert Heffernan pulled out of the men's walk as a precaution after a recent niggle.
Kelly Proper took silver in the women's 100m (11.72), which was won by American Tianna Madison in 11.60, and also finished fourth in the long-jump in 6.23m, which was won by Slovenia's Nina Kolaric with 6.52m.
The other Irish athletes to make the podium were Paul Byrne and Thomas Barr, who took the minor placings in 400m hurdles, and Kourosh Foroughi, whose 2.20m took third in the high jump.
Results in factfile