Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sara Treacy into steeplechase final after appeal

Sara Treacy, who was tripped  and fell in the third qualifying heat today,  has been added to the line-out for Monday's final after an appeal.
Treacy was  catching the leaders about six minutes in  her race when she one of a number of athletes to take a fall after Ethiopia’s Etenesh Diro lost her footing. Diro, Jamaica's Aisha Praught and Treacy all appealed successfully to be included in the final.
Treacy, who stepped sideways to avoid the carnage and then tripped and fell, quickly picked her self up and raced on to finish 12th of th e17 starters  in 9 mins 46.24 secs.
Treacy was the last of the Irish trio to take to the track and was going well before disaster struck. But she bravely picked herself up and still registered a 12th place finish in 9.46.24.
Earlier in the day, Kerry O’Flaherty ran a season’s best 9:45.35 for 14th of 17 starters in the opening heat. In th esecond heat which had 18 starters, Michelle Finn  finished 11th in 9:49.45.  The top three in each heat and the six fastest losers progressed, with no semi-finals on offer.
*Pretty good day for the Irish - sailor Annalise Murphy is into Monday's Laser Radial gold medal race, lying in third position, while Scott Evans  beat the Brazilian Ygor Oliviera in Group K to make the last 16 in badminton's men's singles - the best ever result by an Irish badminton player.

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