Derval O’Rourke secures Olympic spot

Derval O’Rourke secured her spot for this summer’s World Championship and more crucially for next years Olympics when she finished second in the 100m hurdles at La Chaux de Fonds meeting yesterday.

O’Rourke ran a seasons best of 12.85 seconds at the meet. She ran a sub 13 second race in the heat before breaking her personal best for the season in her next race. was also part of the Irish 4x100m relay team who finished sixth in 45:49 at the same Swiss meeting.

Elsewhere, there was disappointment for Paul Hession as he had to settle for second place behind the ‘Panamanian Rocket’ Alonso Edward in the Cork City Sports 200m. Edwards, who finished second to Usain Bolt in the 2009 World Championship, wore Hession down coming into the straight and pulled away to score a snug victory.

His time of 20.89 (-2.7 wind), ahead of Hession’s 21.05 was an impressive time given the conditions. Other Irish athletes to make the podium were Paul Byrne and Thomas Barr, who had make do with the minor placing’s in 400m hurdles, and Kourosh Foroughi, whose 2.20m took third in the high jump.

There was also victory for Olive Loughnane who strolled to victory in the 3,000m, in a race that was noticeably short on Irish representation while walker Robert Heffernan didn’t compete in his event as he pulled out just before he was due to line up citing a recent niggly injury as the reason for his non show.

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