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Rose-Anne Galligan fails to reach 800m semis at World Championships

Updated: Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 17:02 | Comments

Rose-Anne Galligan broke Sonia O'Sullivan's 800m national record last month
Rose-Anne Galligan broke Sonia O'Sullivan's 800m national record last month

Ireland's Rose-Anne Galligan has failed to qualify for the 800 metres semi-finals at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

The Newbridge AC runner finished seventh in heat two in two minutes 02.05 seconds.

American Alysia Johnson Montano won the heat in 1:59.47.

Galligan set a new personal best and broke Sonia O'Sullivan's national record in this event at the London Diamond League last month, when she ran a time of  2:00.58.

"I was ranked 28th coming into the championships and knew only 16 would progress, so I knew I had a very slim chance of getting through, but I was determined," she said.

"I'll learn from this race. I'll take it as motivation into next year for World Indoors and European Outdoors. I gave it all I had out there today and I am proud of myself for that."

Paul Pollock - Ireland's only remaining athlete in Moscow - will run in the marathon this Saturday at 1.30pm Irish time.

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