Derval O’Rourke says her focus is now only on the Olympics having failed to make the final of the 60m hurdles at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul.
The 30 year-old finished sixth in her semi-final heat in a time of 8.13 seconds. Only the first four progressed to the final. The Leevale flier was 0.06 of a second from making the final of a race won by Sally Pearson in 7.93 seconds with the Australian later adding the World Indoor title to her World (outdoor) and Olympic crowns by running 7.72 seconds in the final.
O’Rourke had to cancel her last two preparation races before the world indoors and admitted that her indoor season hadn’t been “ideal.”
“I just have to go away and have a long think about it and come back better for outdoors,” said the girl who hails from the Cork suburb of Douglas. “Today is a bad day but nothing is too disappointing, everything moves on, all focus is on the Olympics now.”
Having failed to reach the final of her two previous Olympic attempts (2004 and ’08); the recent graduate of Smurfit Business School will hope it’ll be third time lucky in London.