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'I'm happy with the performance' - Ireland's Phil Healy finishes 7th in European semi-final

The 23-year-old Cork runner now turns her attention to the 200m event on Friday

Updated at 19.07

PHIL HEALY’S DREAM of reaching the 100m final at the European Championships in Berlin ended today, as she finished seventh in her semi-final with a time of 11.46.

The 23-year-old Cork runner had impressed in reaching the semi and it would have taken an even better display to advance to the final, however, in a race that was won by Britain’s Dina Asher Smith with a time of 10.93.

Healy, who now turns her attention to the 200m event on Friday, afterwards told RTÉ Sport that she was satisfied with her display.

“I’m happy with the performance,” she said. “I’m looking forward to coming back out here Friday.

“A European semi-final is further than I’ve ever got before with the 100, so it’s just a confidence boost. The speed is there.”

There were plenty of other Irish athletes also in action in Berlin.

Brendan Boyce battled his way to 19th in the 50km walk, despite afterwards confirming he had been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his leg just nine weeks ago.

The Donegal native was in contention for first place at the race’s midway point, before the searing heat got the better of him as the event progressed and he finished well behind the gold medallist (Maryan Zakalnystskyy of Ukraine) with a time of 4:02:14.

Elsewhere, in terms of Irish athletes, Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner and Claire Mooney failed to advance from the 800m heats, coming sixth and eighth in their respective races.

Despite a season’s best time of 46.81, Chris O’Donnell also could not advance from his 400m heat, finishing sixth.

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In track cycling, Robyn Stewart narrowly missed out on a qualifying spot after a fourth-place finish in her heat.

Lydia Boylan and Lydia Gurley were eighth in the women’s Madison medal race, in which Denmark’s Julie Leth and Amalie Dideriksen claimed gold.

Finally, Marc Potts was 11th in the men’s elimination medal race, while Gareth McKee was 48th in the Men’s Cross Country Mountain Bike.

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