Olympic Athletics: Healy misses out on semi-finals

Phil Healy

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It has been a tough day on the track for Ireland as mixed relay star Phil Healy narrowly misses out in women’s 200m

In the early morning at 03:00 for Irish viewers, Healy stepped into Lane six. She came into the race ranked 41st in the world with the second fastest personal best in this event.

The favourite for this race was Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah. This was a fast heat that also had Team GB’s Beth Dobbin, Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel and Belgium’s Imke Vervaet.

Healy had already had a good warm-up for this competition as she was part of the historic 4x400m mixed relay team that reached the final on Saturday.

The five runners lined up to start and the gun fired, over the short 200m, the race was very close and very fast.

Unfortunately for Healy, after running a great race, she finished in fifth only just behind her competitors.

Canada’s Emmanuel came home first with Britain’s Dobbin in second. Jamaica’s Thompson-Herah took the race casually but managed to get a qualification place in third.

It is hard for Healy to be too disappointed as she ran a season best of 23.51. She finished less than half a second behind Emmanuel’s the first place time of 22.74.

In a race that she ran so well in, she was just unlucky that three other runners also ran season bests.

This race does not mean the end of Healy’s Olympic journey as she still has the women’s 400m heats tomorrow morning.

This is a race she will look forward to as her strongest event with a high chance of semi-final qualification.

Upcoming Athletics, Tuesday 3rd August

Men’s 1500m Round 1 (Heat 3) – 01:27 – Andrew Coscoran

Women’s 400m Round 1 (Heat 5) – 02:17 – Phil Healy

Men’s 200m Round 1 (Heat 6) – 03:45 – Marcus Lawlor

Men’s 200m Round 1 (Heat 7) – 03:53 – Leon Reid

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