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Five to watch at Helsinki 2012

Fionnuala Britton


European cross-country champion last December. Ranked fastest in Sunday's 10,000m final (3.25pm Irish time) but tactically untested as it's only her second track race over this distance.

Joanne Cuddihy


A European junior silver medallist heading back to her best after some terrible injuries. False-started in last year's World semi-finals but we fancy her to be in the mix come Friday's final (8.25pm).

Jason Smyth


The Paralympic star from Derry caused a massive stir by making the semi-finals two years ago but wants to make the final now and secure Olympic qualification. Heats start this morning at 9.40, the final is tomorrow (5.45pm).

Steven Colvert


A late bloomer from Mullingar who's been outsprinting Paul Hession this season. Hession, a regular finalist at this level, is also in the 200m, which starts on Friday (10.30am).

Ciara Mageean


The 2010 world junior silver medallist is not yet up to her best after an ankle injury last winter but makes her European senior debut in Saturday's heats (10.10am), hoping to make Sunday's final (2.10pm).

Irish Independent