Fionnuala Britton produced an outstanding performance to win a bronze medal in the Women’s 3000metres final in Gothenburg this morning.
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The 28-year-old looked to be out of contention as the front runners injected the pace in what was a slow-run race, Britton put in an outstanding performance in her final lap to clench a bronze medal.
Portugual’s Sara Moreira took gold in a time of 8:58.50 ahead of Germany’s Corinna Harrer. Britton clocked a time of 9:00.54.
It is a third major Championship medal in recent times for Britton. The Wicklow native is also the first Irish athlete to win medals at European Indoor and Cross Country Championships.
Portugal’s Sara Moreira took gold with German’s Corrina Harrer just hanging on for silver ahead of the Irish athlete.
Kilkenny runner Ciara Everard faded over the final 300 metres to finish last in the final of the 800 metres this morning.
The race was won by Nataliya Lupu of the Ukraine in a time of 2:00.26, who timed her last-lap burst to perfection to beat Russia’s Yelena Kotulskaya. Marina Arzamasova of Belarus took the bronze medal.
It was a pace that would have beaten the Irish record, as Everard started to feel the intensity of the quick pace towards the end of the third lap, eventually coming over the line in 2:02.54.