In brief: O'Rourke trails home in seventh
DERVAL O'ROURKE broke 13 seconds again last night, but it was still only good enough to take seventh at the ultra-competitive Diamond League meeting in Brussels.
O'Rourke's time of 12.96 placed her first of the Europeans in the 100m hurdles, but the race was won by Canada's world leader Priscilla Lopes-Schliep in 12.54, ahead of Australia's Sally Pearson (12.64) and Canada's former world champion Perdita Felicien (12.68).
After her troubled season, world 800 metres champion Caster Semenya ran a season's best one minute 59.65 seconds for third behind Kenya's Janeth Jepkosgei on her Diamond League debut, while in-form sprinter Tyson Gay notched up another win.
Gay came through late to beat Nesta Carter of Jamaica in 9.79 seconds, 0.01 outside his world-leading time set in London two weeks ago.
The Irish had a disappointing day in the St Andrews and Jacques Leglise Trophy matches in Italy yesterday, writes CHRIS SMART.
And in both contests Britain & Ireland will have to step up a gear today over the Castelconturbia course if they are to retain their trophies.
In the men's battle for the St Andrews Trophy, which the Continent of Europe have not won since 1998, Britain and Ireland trail 7-5. The position is even more difficult in the Boys contest for the Jacques Leglise Trophy as Great Britain and Ireland are 8-4 down going into the final day.
CONOR NILAND failed to live up to the favourite's tag as he crashed out of the US Open qualifying in New York yesterday.
The Irish No 1 possessed a 99-place edge in the ATP singles world rankings on Ricardo Hocevar in the second round of the Flushing Meadows event, but lost 7-5 6-2.
Ireland's James McGee yesterday clinched a quarter-final place in the ITF Men's Futures event in Ueberlingen, Germany when beating Florian Fallert 6-4 6-3 .