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Dublin: 1°C Thursday 22 April 2021

History for Irish steeplechase trio at European Championships

Christine McMahon also produced a fine performance to advance in the women’s 400m hurdles.

IRELAND’S MICHELLE FINN, Sara Treacy and Kerry O’Flaherty made history in Amsterdam this morning as they qualified for the final of the women’s 3,000m steeplechase.

Kerry O’Flaherty Source: Karel Delvoije/INPHO

All three athletes produced season bests as they safely progressed to Sunday’s European Championships final.

Leevale athlete Finn finished fourth in heat one in a time of 9:45.93 to advance while Treacy and O’Flaherty came out of the second heat with fifth and six placed finishes.

“I knew I had a personal best in me from training,” Treacy, who ran a time of 9:42.16, said afterwards. “I’m really pleased with that and looking forward to the final.”

The final takes place on Sunday at 4.15pm Irish time.

Meanwhile, Ballymena’s Christine McMahon advanced to the semi-finals of the women’s 400m hurdles after finishing fourth in her heat. Her time of 57.73 was enough to see her qualify as one of the fastest runners-up.

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In today’s evening session, Ciara Mageean continued the excellent form of the Irish women with an impressive performance to qualify for the 1500m final.

The UCD athlete, coached by Jerry Kiernan, finished third in heat one in 4:13.61.

“I was really happy with my physicality,” she said afterwards. “It’s my first major championships for a few years so it’s good to get out and use the elbows. I love to run for Ireland and wear the green, white and gold.”

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