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OFlaherty misses out on Olympic steeplechase final

13 August 2016

OFlaherty misses out on Olympic steeplechase final

Kerry O'Flaherty Europeans 2016. Photography by Keith McClure

Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle) produced a season’s best of 9:45.35 finishing 14th in heat 1. “It was a season’s best and it’s been great on this journey with the girls and creating history with the three of us at the Olympics.” This was the first time a full quota of Irish women made the steeplechase at the Olympics.

Sara Treacy (Dunboyne) put in a heroic effort in heat 3 of the women’s 3,000m steeplechase and advanced to the final on appeal after being impeded at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro today (August 13). Treacy finished 12th in heat 3 in 9:46.24 but was impeded and fell when in contention. Ethiopia’s Etenesh Diro and Jamaica’s Aisha Praught, who finished 7th and 8th in 9:34.70 and 9:35.79 respectively, also advanced to the final as a result of the collision.

Michelle Finn (Leevale) finished 11th in heat 2 in 9:49.45 and felt she could have gone faster. “I really do think overall I could have done a little. I had more left but it was a great experience.”

Mark English (UCD) competes later in the semi-finals of the men’s 800m at 22:05 Brazil time/2:05am Irish time.

Irish in action on Day 3 Sunday August 14

09:30/13:30 Marathon W Final

Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole)

Lizzie Lee (Leevale)

Breege Connolly (North Belfast Harriers)

21:30/1:30am 1500m W SF Ciara Mageean (UCD)