Olympian, Derval O’Rourke (Leevale AC) has booked her place into the 60m Hurdles Semi-Final at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Istanbul. The Cork woman secured a fastest qualifier spot with a time of 8.19 when finishing fourth in heat one.
The race was won by World Outdoor Champion Sally Pearson of Australia in 7.85. O’Rourke goes into tomorrow’s semi-final which takes place at 15.10 (Irish Time), as the ninth fastest overall.
After the race, O’Rourke expressed concern about the start which has been causing on-going issues for athletes at these championships as the gun is echoing, sounding like a recall gun: “I thought there was a flash start, so I got out and then I felt I held back a little bit as I thought it was going to be called back, in 60m hurdles it’s hard to get that momentum back but that’s racing, these things happen.”
In the second heat the fastest women in the World this year over 60m Hurdles, Kristi Castlin (USA) pulled up after the start and did not finish as she also thought it was a false start. Speaking on her performance the Irish Record Holder said: “8.19 is terrible I am much better than that”
In the morning session Ciaran O’Lionaird (Leevale AC) bowed out of the 1500m finishing in 11th place in heat one running 3:50.12. The race was won by Özbilen Ilham Tanui of Turkey in 3:41.93.
O’Lionaird failed to execute the tactical race he had planned and was placed at the back of the field for the opening laps, making a move to the front of the field with 5 laps to go. However, he couldn’t maintain his position and a drifted to the back of the field.
The Cork man who finished 10th in the 1500m final at the World Outdoor Championships in Daegu last August will now turn his focus to the London Olympic Games.
Next up for the Irish is Ben Reynolds in the heats of the Men’s 60m Hurdles tomorrow at 7:40am Irish Time.