Ireland's Greta Streimikyte has finished fifth in the T13 1500 final at the World Para-Athletics Championships in Dubai.

The 2018 European champion, who runs out of Clonliffe Harriers, posted a time of 4:48:75 to come in fifth in  the T13 visually impaired final.

It was anticipated to be a tactical race but Moroccan athlete, Fatima El Idrissi, surprised the field when she pushed the pace of the race in the second lap and opened a gap that none of the other athletes could make up.

Streimikyte was amongst those who tried to cut into the Moroccan's lead but with the energy sapped from her legs she ultimately fell adrift and finished in fifth. 

Silver went to Colombia's Francy Osorio while bronze was taken by Russia's Elena Pautova. 

Streimikyte was ultimately disappointed with how the race went for her but refused to blame the Dubai heat 

"When you are out there you don't really think about it and I did train a lot during the same period, I tried to adapt as best as I can during the time that I was here.

"I can’t blame the heat because, at the end of the day, we were all in the same boat."

The 24-year old Streimikyte, who moved to Ireland from Lithuania in her teens, placed fourth in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The same year she collected a bronze medal at the European championships before claiming gold at European level two years later.