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Robinson 'gutted' over fourth in manic 1,500m

PAUL Robinson insists he will build on his 1500m final display at the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich Despite finishing in an agonising fourth place.

The St Coca's star was in strong contention for the podium but was edged out on the home straight in yesterday's final.

The 23-year-old said: "I'll take confidence out of that, I kicked down some really good people today.

"Hopefully, going into the Worlds and the Olympics in two years' time, this will be of great benefit to me.

"I think I did everything right. It's just one of those things, the last 30 metres - I had it and then it got taken away from me and I'm absolutely gutted.

"When you line up in the 1500m you expect you're going to be in for a fight and that's what it was today."

Meanwhile, Ciarán ó Lionáird was adamant he will learn from his nightmare in the same race after being tripped just after the halfway mark and failing to finish.

The Corkman explained: "I just got stood on, stood on first in the back straight and then twice, badly, with 600 to go and then I landed on my right hamstring.

"I felt it up through there and then someone stood on my left tendon.

"Instantly, my hamstring pulled up, like a cramp-type pain and I just got thrown off kilter.

"It's unfortunate - I felt really good out there, finally getting back to where I think I need to be. It's disappointing, you kind of feel hard done but that's championship racing and I'm sure I'll be better for the experience."

He later tweeted: "I love this sport to death but it breaks my heart sometimes. Tried to do everything right today. Thanks everyone for kind words. I'll be back.

"Leg getting treated as we speak. I want redemption.

"Also, massive congrats to (Paul Robinson) @PaulRob91, big breakthrough and our 4x400 lads.

"Inspired by my @irishathletics teammates. Big two years ahead."

Elsewhere, a delighted Brian Gregan, who ran the first leg of the Irish team's 4x400m relay final, hailed his team for breaking the Irish record in a time of 3:01.67, finishing fifth overall.

"It's gone by two seconds and we're absolutely delighted," said the The Dubliner.

"I think a big thing for us is to get camps together, get us training together, baton changes, doing the odd session here and there together and I think the world relays is a massive chance for us.

"Finishing fifth today means we'll probably get invited to the European Indoors next year so we'll build from that.

"The ball rolls on to Rio. I think we can get faster and faster and faster."


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