Hession bows out in heats

Hession bows out in heats

Ireland’s Paul Hession failed to make it out of the heats of the 200 metres at the Olympic Stadium today.

The 29-year-old finished fifth in 20.69 seconds in a race won at a canter by Jamaican Yohan Blake.

Hession, who was 0.17secs off the third spot he needed to progress, said: “It is a little bit disappointing.

“I was hoping to push closer to third or second in that race. There were some serious athletes in there. That doesn’t mean I couldn’t beat them, but it wasn’t there.

“I was a metre away from where I needed to be to qualify.”

The former Olympic semi-finalist said it was the middle of the race that cost him.

Hession said: "I had a stacked heat to be honest, two world finalists and the second-fastest man in history in my heat, but I was right in the middle of them so that should be a good thing on paper, so that's no excuse anyway.

"The middle section is where I seemed to lose it, which is really a pity because in my 20.54 I was quite good in the middle section. I got out quite well and I finished reasonably well, but I was too far back."

Team-mate Fionnuala Britton ran a personal best of 15:12.97 in the heats of the 5,000m, but it was not enough to go through as she finished 10th.

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