Flying Gregan secures berth in 400m final
BRIAN Gregan (below) yesterday ran the fastest 400m time by an Irishman this season to qualify for tomorrow's final in the European U-23 Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
The Clonliffe athlete was just one tenth of a second off his personal best when he finished second in his heat in 46.32.
It was also a good day for Ireland's 400m hurdlers, with three of four entrants getting through qualifying. Ferrybank's Jessie Barr is straight through to tomorrow's final after finishing second in her heat in 58.01, but her clubmate Kalyn Sheehan was sixth in her heat and will now concentrate on the sprint hurdles.
Clare's Tim Crowe ran a very respectable 51.24 PB when second in his 400m hurdles heat and Paul Byrne's (St Abban's) fourth (in 51.90) also got him through to today's semi-finals.
However, rising Donegal middle-distance star Darren McBrearty surprisingly failed to get through his 800m heat and will now be hoping for better luck in the 1,500m.
Only Tallaght's Anthony Lieghio progressed from the 800m heats, running his second PB in less than two weeks when finishing third in his heat in 1:48.06.
Niamh Whelan failed to get through the 100m heats (sixth in 11.89), but still has the 200m to come. Adam McMullen (UUJ) also failed to progress when he was eighth in long jump qualifying with a best of 7.27m.
Elsewhere, the Aviva Irish schools team -- captained by Eoin O'Carroll (Mercy Tralee) and Claire Murphy (Gaelcholaiste Cheatharlach) -- will compete in the schools internationals in Cardiff tomorrow and a 15-strong Irish team, including Ciara Mageean, has been announced for next week's European Junior Championships in Tallinn.
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