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Louise Shanahan qualifies for World U20 Championship 800m Semi-Final

Positive first day for the Irish at World U20 Championships

Bydgoszcz, Tuesday July 19th 2016

Louise Shanahan Bydgoszcz

Athletics Ireland Report - Feidhlim Kelly

It was a positive first day for the Irish at the World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz with three out of the four athletes qualifying for the next round.

Carla Sweeney (WSAF) and Louise Shanahan (Leevale) got action underway this morning in the heats of the 800m with both athletes advancing through to the semi-finals. Sweeney finished 5th in heat 1 in 2:08.41 and qualified as a fastest non-automatic qualifier.

Carla Sweeney Bydgoszcz Heat 1 Results

Louise Shanahan Bydgoszcz Heat 5 Results
Shanahan went even better finishing second in heat 5 in 2:11.00, to qualify automatically, with an impressive sprint finish in the last 100 metres. “I always try and save something for the last 100m,” said Shanahan. “A lot of people kick with 200m to go so I try to hold my effort and see what I have in the straight.”

Louise Shanhan's Post Race Interview

In the evening session Jenna Bromell (Emerald) went through automatically in third in heat 4 of the 400m in 54.98. “Hopefully that will shake the legs out. It was tough from lane 8,” said Bromell.
Jenna Bromell
Mollie O’Reilly (DSD) missed out on the semi-finals finishing 6th in heat 6 but ran a PB of 54.92.
Mollie O Reilly
Keep up to speed with the championships on the event site

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