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A star in the making! 18-year-old Orla Comerford sprints into Rio final

The sprinter progresses as the fastest loser.

Image: Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE

– Ryan Bailey reports from the Olympic Stadium, Rio de Janeiro 

ORLA COMERFORD HAS qualified for tomorrow’s T13 100m final after producing a personal best run in her first taste of international competition.

The 18-year-old, who has just completed her Leaving Cert, progresses as the fastest loser from this morning’s heats in a time of 12.81.

With her family watching from the stands inside Rio’s Olympic Stadium, the Dubliner matched her rivals stride-for-stride down the first 50m and although falling away as the line approached, a fourth place finish was enough to advance.

“Delighted to make the final that’s what I came here with a goal of doing,” she said. “I thought I went a bit quicker but hopefully I can do that tomorrow. We will see what happens.”

She will be back on the track for Sunday’s final at 3pm Irish time.

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