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Former world indoor champion Derval O'Rourke expecting her first child


Derval O'Rourke

Derval O'Rourke

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Derval O'Rourke

Former Irish hurdler Deval O'Rourke and fellow Olympian Peter O'Leary are expecting their first child.

O'Rourke and her sailor husband are due to become parents in August.

The 33-year-old Cork athlete, who retired from international athletics last year, made the happy announcement on Twitter on Mother's Day.

She tweeted: "Happy Mother's Day from myself, my furry babies and my little bump."

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

Last June, Derval told the Herald 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.

Earlier this month, O'Rourke hit out last night at the lengthy delay in her upgrading to a 2013 European Indoor bronze medal, saying the appeals process favours the cheater and "isn't fair on clean athletes".

The way has finally been cleared for her long-awaited upgrade to a fifth major championship medal, because an appeal by Turkish drug cheat Nevin Yanit - who won in Gothenburg - has finally ended.

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