Despite failing to make the final of the 200m at the European Track and Field Championships last night, Kelly Proper was content to have run her “best race ever”.

The Ferrybank runner’s time of 23.15, which saw her finish fifth in the semi-final, was a personal best but wasn’t enough to secure a place in the final in Zurich.

Speaking after the race to RTÉ Sport, she said: “I came out here and produced my best race ever and that’s what we train for so I’m happy with it, a little bit disappointed but I’m happy with the PB. I hope to just keep getting better.

“I mean I feel good about it, I’ve never run faster in my life so I couldn’t be doing any more.

“I think I would have been good enough to get into the final. There was definitely a little bit more in that race that I could have done much better and improved on but sure that’s the way it goes and I can’t complain about a PB.”