Saturday 27 May 2017

Derval O'Rourke welcomes baby girl Dafne

Derval O'Rourke
Derval O'Rourke

Former world indoor champion Derval O'Rourke has welcomed her first child.

O'Rourke announced today that baby Dafne arrived a few days ago.

"Hugely grateful to all the amazing staff in CUMH. Delighted to welcome baby Dafne O'Leary to the world a few days ago," the former Irish athlete tweeted.

Derval and her husband, fellow Olympian Peter O'Leary, announced that they were expecting their first child in March.

The pair met on a return flight from the 2008 Beijing Olympics where they both competed for Ireland.

Last year, Derval had said that she wouldn't consider starting a family until she was finished competing.

"You definitely can't jump hurdles being pregnant. We both want kids but I think I'll have to retire before we think about it," she said.

O'Rourke is a two-time European silver medallist but her biggest triumph came on Moscow in 2006 when she won a gold medal at the world indoors. She retired from professional athletics last year.

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