Thursday 24 October 2019

Disappointment for Irish sprinters as all three miss out at European Championships in Glasgow

2 March 2019; Molly Scott of Ireland crosses the line in Women's 60m heat during day two of the European Indoor Athletics Championships at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
2 March 2019; Molly Scott of Ireland crosses the line in Women's 60m heat during day two of the European Indoor Athletics Championships at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

It was another bad morning for the Irish on the second day of the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, their three entrants in the 60-metre heats all eliminated after running well below their best.

Leading hope Molly Scott got off to a flying start in her heat of the women’s 60m but faded to sixth in 7.43, not enough to advance to this evening’s semi-finals.

"I was shocked by the time, I didn’t think I ran that slow," said Scott. "On the start line I felt at home, I didn’t feel nervous and it was still a great experience but I didn’t want to come here just for experience. I wanted a personal best so I’m disappointed. It’s hard to take."

Moments before Lauren Roy had a baptism of fire in her senior international debut, the 18-year-old way off her best when coming home eighth in 7.62.

"It gives you goosebumps being out there, you can’t match it to anything else you’ve been to," said Roy. "At the same time I’m disappointed. I tried to keep the pressure on for 40 metres, but it didn’t go the way I planned."

Ciara Neville had also been due to compete but was a late withdrawal through illness. Earlier Joseph Ojewumi became the first Irishman in 10 years to line up for the 60m heats at this event, but the Tallaght sprinter was another to turn in a poor performance, finishing sixth in 6.97.

"I felt like I came out decent enough, my pickup was decent but after that it felt like the race was out of my hands," said Ojewumi. "I was almost taken in by the occasion and I just didn’t perform. I should have been more confident and relaxed."

It means at the halfway point of the championships that the Irish interest has already been whittled from 16 athletes to just two, with Ciara Mageean and Mark English the sole survivors. Mageean will contest the women’s 1500m final tomorrow evening while English will be in action in the men’s 800m semi-finals at 6:33pm today, where he will need to finish in the top three to advance to tomorrow’s final.

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