Liam Reale and Joanne Cuddihy both performed admirably at the European Championships in Gothenburg today.

Reale finished a creditable eighth in the final of the 1,500 metres this evening. 

The Limerick athlete recorded a time of 3min 42.65sec behind Mehdi Baala of France. Ivan Heshko of Ukraine and Spain's Juan Carlos Higuero filled the minor placings.

Cuddihy became the first Irishwoman to make the final of the 400metres at the European Championships since Maeve Kyle in 1962.

The 22-year-old finished an excellent third in her heat, recording a personal best of 51.09.  

Over 200m, Paul Hession posted a time of 20.80secs in third place in his second round qualifier to make the semi-finals. Team-mate Paul Brizzel failed to finish in his.

Highly-fancied Alistair Cragg and Derval O'Rourke, begin their quest for medals in their qualifying races tomorrow.

Cragg goes into his 5000 metres as the fastest man in the field, although his form since running 13mins 8.97secs at the New York Grand Prix in June has been fairly erratic.

But the 26-year-old South-African born star, has all of the required credentials to lift Ireland's first medal at the championships.

Mo Farah will be one of his biggest rivals, the Somalian-born runner having become Britain's second fastest-ever performer with a mark of 13:09.40.

O'Rourke, winner of the world indoor 60m hurdles title in March, has been fighting back from injury since that sensational victory in Moscow.

Now the 25-year-old Jim Kilty-coached star from Cork, will be aiming to challenge for the 100m hurdles medal, although he will face some awesome opposition in the Ullevi stadium.