Derval O’Rourke put in a valiant effort in this evening’s final of the 60m hurdles at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Paris. Running a season’s best of 7.96s from an unfavourable lane 8, she was unlucky to finish 4th, just missing out on a medal, behind German Carolin Nytra who won in a tight finish from Britain’s Tiffany Ofili in 7.80.
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This afternoon, Derval qualified for the final of the 60m hurdles by finishing third in her semi-final. In a closely-contested race, Derval set a season’s best 7.98s and always looked on course for qualification, matching event favourite, Carolin Nytra, stride for stride until the line.
Derval had an early start this morning, straight into action in the 60mH heats before 9 am Irish time. From heat 4, she always looked comfortable, and qualified easily in 2nd place behind Germany’s Carolin Nytra in a time of 8.07s, just outside her season’s best. The German favourite is be one of her main rivals for the title.