Ben Kiely (Ferrybank AC) finished seventh in the men’s 400m hurdles semi-final on day three of the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Kiely fresh from running a personal best of 52.39 in yesterday’s heats was drawn in lane two. Kiely was up against a tough field with all the other athletes possessing faster personal and season’s best times than him.
Kiely gave his absolute best and attacked the race in similar fashion to his heat. However the class of opposition proved too much and he finished seventh in a time of 53.06. The race was won by Javern Gallimore of Jamaica in 50.46. Kiely will take great encouragement from the fact he came to a major championship and improved on his personal best by such a big margin.
Earlier in the programme Marcus Lawler (St Laurence O’Toole AC) placed fifth in the heats of the men’s 200m. Lawler was drawn in the tricky outside lane and had the America favourite Tyreek Hill on his inside. Lawler got out well from the blocks and was in contention coming down the finishing straight. Lawler crossed the line in a time of 21.58, however the time was not good enough to progress him through to the semi finals.
Lawler said “I am a bit disappointed with the time, if I had of run a personal best I would of placed much higher. I wasn’t expecting to be in the mix so that was a surprise.” Lawler has had a fantastic 2012 season, setting two Irish Youth Records in the 100m (10.72) and 200m (21.42). It must be noted that Lawler will be young enough to compete in these championships again in two years time.
Next up for the Irish team will be Joanna Mills (Ballymena & Antrim AC) as she goes in the women’s 400m semi-finals this evening at 19.35 Irish time.
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