Brian Gregan almost caught as he eases up at end of 400m heats win
BIG Dubliner Brian Gregan won his 400m heats this morning, winning in 46.97 after getting to the 200m break first and then easing up across the line.
He eased up so much that Ukranian Vitaliy Butrym got up to almost pip him on the line and with just the first two to qualify automatically that tactic almost backfired.
But the 23-year-old from Tallaght, who is the fastest European over 400m this year and was sixth fastest in qualifying yesterday, stressed that he was just trying to conserve his energy and was never worried and winning his heat should earn him a good draw for tomorrow's semi-finals.
"I was looking up for a screen (TV) but there was none at the end of the track so I didn't quite know what was going on behind me but I was always happy I'd done enough and now it's on to the semi-finals (tomorrow) and I'll see where that takes me," Gregan said.
"When I ran in European Indoors in Paris two years ago I didn't even get out of my heat so already I'm doing better!"
Reigning European outdoor champion Pavel Maslak looked like he will be the man to beat after leading qualifying in 46.54 and Briton's Michael Bingham, Richard Strachan and Nigel Levine also qualified to the semi-finals.