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Sarah Lavin pictured after her semi-final.
Sarah Lavin pictured after her semi-final.
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Lavin and Neville miss out on European finals despite encouraging runs in Poland

Sarah Lavin produced the two fastest times of her career in the 60m hurdles in Torun in the past 24 hours.
Mar 7th 2021, 12:07 PM 6,825 0

Updated Mar 7th 2021, 1:09 PM

SARAH LAVIN CAN leave Poland with her head held high after delivering another strong performance in her 60m hurdles semi-final at the European Indoor Championships.

Lavin, who set a personal best of 8.06 in yesterday’s heat, went close to matching that time this afternoon in Torun as she aimed to book a place in the final.

However, she ultimately came up short as a time of 8.07 saw her finish fourth in a race that was won in 7.88 by home favourite Pia Skrzyszowska. 

Reacting to Lavin’s semi-final display, former world champion Derval O’Rourke tweeted: “This championships has been a big senior breakthrough for Sarah Lavin. Her two fastest times in her life.

“Incredibly high standard in women’s hurdles in Europe this season. Onwards to fast outdoor racing – so much more there.”

There will be no Irish involvement in the 60m final either, despite Ciara Neville advancing to the semi-final by clocking a time of 7.37 to finish in fourth place in her heat.

She repeated that time again from lane eight but it was only enough for seventh, with France’s Carolle Zahi winning in 7.21.

Molly Scott was unfortunate not to join Neville in the semi-finals. She also ran 7.37 for seventh place but missed out by one hundredth of a second following a fast final heat. 

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Joan Healy finished eighth in her heat in 7.46.

Later today, Sean Tobin will compete in the 3,000m final (4.42pm).  

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