The first Irish athletes have been in action in the early hours this morning on day one of the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
Wicklow’s Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) and Stephanie O’Reilly (Sli Cualann AC) were the first in action today for the Irish at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships competing in the 3000m steeplechase. Britton was unfortunate not to make the final finishing sixth in heat one in 9:41.17 just one spot outside a fastest qualification spot. O’Reilly ran 9:55.49 in heat three to finish 8th and 22nd overall.
Next up for the Irish is Irish Record holder Joanne Cuddihy (KCH AC) in the Round 1 of the 400m at 12:05 Irish Time and Double Para-olympian gold medallist Jason Smyth lines up in the Men’s 100m at 13:45 Irish Time.
Following the tragic death of her mother in law, Marian Heffernan is set to rejoin the women 4x400m relay team in Daegu today. The final team selection from; Joanne Cuddihy, Marian Heffernan, Claire Bergin, Michelle Carey and Jessie Barr will be made over the coming days, with the team targeting a Olympic qualification time when they line up in heats next Saturday.
Highlight of the morning’s opening session was a Kenyan 1-2-3 in the Women’s Marathon
1 578 Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat KEN 2:28:43
2 575 Priscah Jeptoo KEN 2:29:00
3 572 Sharon Jemutai Cherop KEN 2:29:14