Irish duo both miss out

Luck was not on Ailis McSweeney's side at the European Championships tonight as she missed out on a place in the 100m final by just one hundredth of a second.

McSweeney gave herself every chance of progressing with a fiery run from lane two, blasting out of the blocks with a 0.148 reaction time.

The Corkonian dug deep over the second 50 metres and dipped for the line to finish in 11.32 seconds, which would have been a new Irish record but for a following wind of +2.2 metres per second.

Her time was good enough for sixth place, leaving her out of the three automatic qualifying spots and agonisingly close to going through as a fastest loser.

That honour fell to Russia's Anna Gurova who finished just ahead of McSweeney in 11.31.

The Leevale athlete, aged 26, can still look back with pride on an excellent summer campaign which saw her break Michelle Walsh's 32-year-old national record - lowering the mark to 11.40 - and storm to victory in the 100m final at the Woodie's DIT National Senior Track & Field Championships.

Meanwhile, Kildare man David McCarthy failed to progress from the 800m semi-finals in Barcelona.

In a highly competitive semi-final, which was won by Britain's Michael Rimmer, McCarthy came home in sixth position (1:49.14).

Reflecting on his race, the 27-year-old, who lowered his personal best this year to 1:46.82, said: "I gave myself a chance, but a break emerged and I had to work too hard to get myself back."

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