Impressive O’Rourke shows steel in Sheffield

DERVAL O’ROURKE, Leevale AC, produced a solid performance to win the 60m hurdles at the UK Indoor Championships in Sheffield yesterday.

O’Rourke produced a seasonal best 8.11seconds to win in convincing style from Gemma Bennett in 8.20 seconds.

The Cork women had easily qualified for the final, running 8.22 seconds, to win her heat.

Kelly Proper, Ferrybank AC, was also in action and continued her preparations for the World Indoor Championships in Doha with a win the long jump. Proper produced her winning leap of 6.48m in her final jump to beat Amy Woodman’s jump of 6.20m.

Hazel Murphy, DSD AC, was involved in an exciting 3000m race yesterday. Murphy produced a strong finish to out-sprint Gemma Turtle for a superb win. Her time of 9:02.81 minutes is a personal best and inside the qualifying standard for the World Indoor championships in Doha.

Deirdre Byrne, Sli Chualann, finished down the field in seventh in 9.22.61 minutes. Three Irish women made yesterday’s 60m women’s final. Clare Brady (Celbridge AC) finished fourth in 7.40 seconds with Ferrybank’s Niamh Whelan fifth in 7.52.

Ailis McSweeney was disqualified for a false start after running 7.50 seconds in the semi-final to make the final.

Whelan also lined up in the 200m and finished third the final in a new personal indoor best of 23.86 seconds.

Elsewhere, Paul Quirke, Crusaders AC, improved on his Irish U-23 record that he set last week with a threw 17.56m at the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas yesterday. This threw brings him closer to his father’s Paul’s Irish record of 18.07m set in 1991.

David McCarthy, Le Cheile AC, put his performance at the Woodie’s DIY Senior Indoor Championships last weekend behind him when he won the 800m in Valencia yesterday in a time of 1:49.57 minutes.


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