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Ryan flying high following dream week

IRISH high jumper Deidre Ryan finished sixth at the world championships in Daegu, South Korea yesterday.

The 29-year-old cleared 1.93m on her first attempt but missed three times at 1.97m, just clipping the bar with her third effort.

"I am really happy," said Ryan. "It has been a dream, a really good championships for me. It's still a bit surreal."

Ryan set a new Irish record earlier in the week with a clearance of 1.95m which also earned her 'A' qualification standard for the London 2012 Olympics.

An injury sustained in her warm-up forced Derval O'Rourke to miss her 100m hurdles semi-final yesterday. The Leevale athlete expressed her disappointment at missing the race as she felt the conditions were perfect for her to be able to perform her best.

In the 1500m final 23-year-old Ciaran O Lionaird finished in 10th position in a time of 3:37.81, his third fastest time ever.

"In the heat of the moment it's disappointing, but I'd be very greedy if I said I wasn't happy with the season overall," said O Lionaird, only the second Irishman to make a 1500m world championship final.

The Cork man was positioned well for most of the race but on the final bend the race got away from him as Kenyan duo Asbel Kiprop and Silas Kiplagat battled for gold, with Kiprop coming out on top. O Lionaird had to be content with tenth. "The negatives I can take from today is I didn't get a medal which was in my mind, it has to be when you go into a final. The positives -- I've made a massive step forward and I've got a ton of experience for London next year."

In the 200m Usain Bolt blazed to the title in 19.40 seconds to confirm his reputation as the king of sprinters. Bolt lost his 100m title last weekend after being disqualified for a false start and was in no mood to give up the gold in his favourite event.

The Jamaican powered home ahead of American Walter Dix while Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre took the bronze.

Alistair Cragg is in action today in the men's 5000m final at 11.40am Irish time.

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