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Olympic hopes over for Ciaran O'Lionaird and Fionnuala Britton

The Cork native finished a disappointing second last in the 1500m this evening.

Ireland's Ciaran O’Lionard after finishing the Men's 1500m heats well down the field.
Ireland's Ciaran O’Lionard after finishing the Men's 1500m heats well down the field.

IRISH ATHLETE CIARAN O’Lionaird has missed out on a place in the 1500m semi-finals after a disappointing performance this evening.

There were doubts surrounding the Cork-born athlete’s fitness going into the race, and these fears appeared to be confirmed, with O’Lionaird failing to keep up with the chasing pack, and ultimately finishing second last.

The race was won by Nicholas Willis of New Zealand.

Meanwhile, there was disappointment too for Fionnuala Britton, who finished well behind the pack in the Women’s 10,000m Final and was ultimately lapped by eventual winner Tirunesh Dibaba among others before the finish.

Dibaba thus retains the same title she won four years earlier in Beijing.

There was better news for Ireland earlier today in athletics, with Joanne Cuddihy qualifying for the semi-finals of the 400m.

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