Irish quartet fall just short of Worlds relay berth
The Irish women's team fell one place short of qualifying for the World Championships when finishing 11th overall at the World Relays in Yokohama on Saturday.
The quartet of Ciara Neville, Gina Akpe-Moses, Rhasidat Adeleke and Patience Jumbo-Gula was back on track 10 months after their medal-winning feat at the World U-20 Championships. They clocked 44.02 to finish sixth in their heat.
However, they can still secure a spot if ranked in the top 16 teams come the cut-off deadline. The team was missing injured Irish 100m record holder Phil Healy.
Elsewhere Irish long jumpers Sam Healy and Colm Bourke broke new ground Stateside, the University of Louisiana Monroe students jumping lifetime bests of 7.62m and 7.58m respectively to advance to the next round in the NCAA.
Matthew Behan impressed at the Tón Le Gaoithe meeting in Waterford with a 13.97 in the 110m hurdles, with Sarah Lavin running 13.48 to win the 100m hurdles.
Joseph Ojewumi won the 100m in 10.64, with Deirdre Murray setting a big PB to win the 400m hurdles in 59.88 from Ciara Deely (60.26), both European U-20 qualifying standards.