Friday 17 January 2020

WATCH - Ireland's Sara Treacy suffers fall but makes 3,000m steeplechase final on appeal

Sara Treacy hits the deck after the fall of Ethiopan Etenesh Diro
Sara Treacy hits the deck after the fall of Ethiopan Etenesh Diro Newsdesk Newsdesk

Ireland's Sara Treacy will compete in the final of the 3,000m steeplechase on Monday morning after successfully appealing the result of her heat.

There was drama in the third heat as Ethiopa's Etenesh Diro suffered a crashing fall, she brought down a number of athletes in the process including Treacy who was travelling well at the time.

The Meath native picked herself back up and ended up finishing a gallant 12th in 9:46.24. She would have come very close to posting a personal best had she managed to avoid the unfortunate incident.

Both Treacy and Diro appealed to officials after the race and the pair were subsequently added to the final line-up.

Irish sprinter David Gillick confirmed the news via Twitter:

Watch the incident below:

Kerry O'Flaherty was the first Irishwoman in action and ran a season's best time of 9:45.35 to finish 14th in heat one.

Cork's Michelle Finn was next on to the track and produced a strong finish to finish 11th in 9.49.45.

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