Ireland's Brian Gregan has qualified for the 400m final at the European Athletics Championship after finishing second in the third heat in Helsinki. 

The importance of nabbing that all important second spot means Gregan is assured of a good lane draw for the final. 

He clocked a time of 45.76 seconds and was the third fastest of the semi-final participants. He will now contest the final at 7.25pm, Irish time on Friday.

Afterwards, Gregan said: “I am reasonable happy with that, conditions were cold out there in comparison to the heats.

"I felt strong coming down the finishing straight. I could feel the Latvian on my inside and new exactly what I had to do. I am just going to rest now before the final and give it my best."