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Monday 11 December 2017

O'Rourke misses out

Derval O'Rourke was agonisingly close to qualifying for the final in Gothenburg
Derval O'Rourke was agonisingly close to qualifying for the final in Gothenburg

Ireland's Derval O'Rourke missed out on a 60 metres hurdles medal by just 0.01 seconds at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg.

O'Rourke, a former world indoor champion, finished fourth in a season's best 7.95secs to fall agonisingly short of a place on the podium. Indeed, her time was only 0.06secs off gold medal winner Nevin Yanit.

O'Rourke said: "I ran it to win it, not finish second or third, but I would love to have a medal. I thought I had silver because I was right next to Yanit. And I wish they would change the photo-finish."

She continued: "It's the best indoor run I've had since 2006 and possibly the most disrupted preparation I have had.

"I had an injection in my Achilles in November and then got a sinus infection in December and lost 4kg.

"I believed I had a chance to win and that's why I came. I got a fantastic start, there was not a whole heap wrong with the race. It's hard to criticise 7.95 but right now I am gutted."

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