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ó Lionáird kicks on for 1,500m semi spot

IRELAND'S Ciarán ó Lionáird qualified for the semi-finals of the 1,500 metres at the World Championships in Daegu yesterday.

The Cork athlete finished sixth in his heat, in three minutes 40.41 seconds, to make it through to the next round.

The Florida-based runner got his tactics right as he timed his kick for home suitably to keep his hopes of a place in the final alive.

Meanwhile, Jessica Ennis has pledged not to over-analyse the loss of her World heptathlon title, despite seeing her long unbeaten run come to an end in Daegu.

Ennis paid a heavy price for one poor event over two days of competition, after her javelin performance allowed Russia's Tatyana Chernova to claim gold by 129 points, with Germany's Jennifer Oeser taking bronze and the Briton making do with silver.

"I don't think it's something I'm going to dwell on and mull over, I think it was just one of those days where it just didn't come together," she said.

Olga Kaniskina solidified her dominance of the women's 20km walk this morning, winning her third straight title at the world championships.

The Russian pulled ahead of Liu Hong of China and teammate Anisya Kirdyapkina with six kilometers left and crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 29 minutes, 42 seconds.

Meanwhile, Cuban athlete Dayron Robles has claimed he wouldn't have been disqualified from the 110m hurdles at the world championships if he came from a more powerful country.


Robles was stripped of his first-place finish in the hurdles in South Korea on Monday after judges upheld an appeal claiming he held back Chinese runner Liu Xiang.

The ruling meant the gold medal was handed to American Jason Richardson, with Liu second and British athlete Andrew Turner given bronze.

A memorable first meeting and possibly the start of a robust rivalry, American 400m star, LeShawn Merritt, was beaten in a thrilling finish by 18-year-old Kirani James.

James, the up-and-comer from the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada, used a late surge to steal Merritt's title at the world championships.

World-record holder David Rudisha of Kenya beat rival Abubaker Kaki of Sudan to win his first world championship title in the 800m, with yet another dominating performance.