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O’Rourke focus now on Olympic bid after falling short indoors

DERVAL O’Rourke’s focus is now on this summer’s London Olympics after she failed to make the final of the 60m hurdles at the World Indoor Championships in Turkey.

The Leevale star was sixth in her semi-final in a season-best 8.13 seconds.

The Irish athlete needed to be six-hundredths of a second faster to make the top four in a race won by Sally Pearson in 7.93 seconds. The Aussie star later added the World Indoor title to her World and Olympic crowns by running 7.72 seconds in the final.

“I haven’t had an ideal indoor season,” O’Rourke said after being forced to cancel her last two preparation races because of injury. “But I still felt I could come here and run well.

“I just have to go away and have a long think about it and come back better for outdoors,” she added. “Today is a bad day but nothing is too disappointing, everything moves on, it’s just about the Olympics.”

Ben Reynolds (North Down) put in a great performance on his championship debut to make it through to the men’s sprint hurdles semi-finals, but bowed out yesterday after finishing seventh in 7.80 seconds, clouting the third hurdle after a strong start.