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Ireland's Kelly Proper following her semi-final of the women's 200m event where she finished 5th in a time of 23.15. European Athletics Championships 2014 - Day 3. Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich, Switzerland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Ireland's Kelly Proper following her semi-final of the women's 200m event where she finished 5th in a time of 23.15. European Athletics Championships 2014 - Day 3. Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich, Switzerland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Ireland's Kelly Proper following her semi-final of the women's 200m event where she finished 5th in a time of 23.15. European Athletics Championships 2014 - Day 3. Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich, Switzerland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

WATERFORD sprinter Kelly Proper ran a personal best but such heroics still saw her fall short of progressing to the 200m final at the European Track and Field Championships at Zurich's Letzigrund Stadium.

The Ferrybank AC athlete crossed the line in fifth place in her semi-final in a time of 23.15 (her previous PB was 23.16), which was won by France's Myriam Soumaré.

Proper was 10th fastest overall from 22 finishers, improving significantly on the 23.37 she clocked in the heats yesterday morning when she was ranked 14th overall.

Her time would have seen her qualify for the final from the third heat.

Irish medal hopes today rest on the shoulders of world champion Rob Heffernan, as well as Brendan Boyce, who go in the 50km walk.

ENJOYING

Donegal's Mark English, who has been enjoying an excellent season, contests the 800m final this evening, while Ciarán O'Lionaird, John Travers and Paul Robinson all go in the 1,500m heats this morning.

Yesterday there was disappointment early in the day for Leitrim long distance walker Laura Reynolds who failed to finish in the 20km race walk.

The Mohill AC athlete was suffering cramps and breathing difficulties related to asthma and looked in trouble from early on.

To add to her recent woes she also had a cortisone injection just two weeks ago for a knee problem and it was not long into the race before the signs were ominous.

Victory went to the Russian Elmira Alembekova, in 1:27.56.

Ballymena's Christine McMahon was eighth in her 400m hurdles semi-final (57.31 seconds) in yesterday's evening session, Britain's Eilidh Child winning comfortably in a time of 54.71.

Great Britain's Adam Gemili, a former youth footballer with Chelsea, qualified quickest for today's 200m final.

The impressive 20-year-old, who also set the fastest time in the heats, easily won his semi-final in 20.23 seconds


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