Sunday 25 February 2018

Heartbreak as Gregan edged out of medals

Brian Gregan of Ireland starts in the 400m Men Round 1 event at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Goteborg March 1, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble (SWEDEN - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)
Brian Gregan of Ireland starts in the 400m Men Round 1 event at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Goteborg March 1, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble (SWEDEN - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)

Athletics Cliona Foley

THERE was massive disappointment for Ireland's best medal hope Brian Gregan (DCU), who only finished fifth in the 400m final at the World University Games in Russia.

The Clonliffe man was drawn in lane three after running the fastest time in qualifying but he was edged off the podium in a blanket finish that saw the top five positions separated by just three tenths of a second.

Russia's Vladimir Krasnov took gold in 45:49, beating Brazil's Anderson Henriques (45.50) on the dip and Jamaica's Nicholas Maitland took bronze in 45.63, just two tenths of a second faster than Gregan (45.83).

Ferrybank AC's Jessie Barr (UL), running from lane eight, finished sixth in the 400m hurdle finals in 57.65 behind Ukrainian champion Anna Titimets who won in 54.64.

Amy Foster (UUJ) pulled out of the 200m heats after her heroic fifth place in the 100m final but Ferrybank's Niamh Whelan (UL) did well, running 24.15 to earn an automatic spot in today's second semi-final at 3.06pm.

Today's fourth day of action in Kazan will also see Leitrim Olympian Laura Reynolds race in the 20km walk.

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