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Hession bows out

Published 07/08/2012

Paul Hession failed to progress through the 200m heats in London
Paul Hession failed to progress through the 200m heats in London

Ireland's Paul Hession failed to make it out of the heats of the 200 metres at the Olympic Stadium.

The 29-year-old athlete finished fifth in 20.69 seconds in a race won at a canter by Jamaican Yohan Blake.

Hession, who was 0.17secs off the third spot he needed to progress, said: "It is a little bit disappointing.

"I was hoping to push closer to third or second in that race. There were some serious athletes in there. That doesn't mean I couldn't beat them, but it wasn't there.

"I was a metre away from where I needed to be to qualify."

Team-mate Fionnuala Britton ran a personal best of 15:12.97 in the heats of the 5,000m, but it was not enough to go through as she finished 10th.

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