Derval O'Rourke has qualified for the semi-finals of the 60 metre hurdles after finishing fourth in her heat today at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul.

The first three only were guaranteed places in the semi-final and the former World Indoor Champion is through as the fastest runner-up in a time of 8.19.

After the race, O’Rourke expressed concern about the start which has been causing on-going issues for athletes at these championships as the gun is echoing, sounding like a recall gun:

"I thought there was a flash start, so I got out and then I felt I held back a little bit as I thought it was going to be called back, in 60m hurdles it’s hard to get that momentum back but that’s racing, these things happen."

Earlier, Ciaran O'Lionaird, who was a finalist in the World Championships last August, ran well below expectations in his 1500 metres heat.

The Leevale runner finished 11th in a time of 3 minutes 50.12.