McIlveen finishes seventh in Doha heat
Conor McIlveen finished seventh in his heat of the 400m T38 last night as Team Ireland's World Para Athletics Championships got under way.
McIlveen was the first of the Irish athletes to see action in Doha as temperatures reached 34 degrees during the race.
This was always going to be a very tough assignment as he faced quality opposition including from the world record holder, Chida Mohammed Farhat from Tunisia.
McIlveen wasn't helped when the Spanish runner in the lane beside him was disqualified after a false start, leaving McIlveen with an empty lane to his right and a huge distance to his nearest runner. The Derryman recovered to run a strong time of 58:86 but it was only enough for seventh.
"All I can take is the positives of the experience and try to enjoy the rest of it," said McIlveen.
Team Ireland history will be made today when Alex Lee becomes our first ever 'Blade Runner'. The Galway-based teacher will take his place on the blocks in the men's 200m T64 heat at 7.27pm Irish time.