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Amy Foster still has World aim after just missing out

By Brian Hill

Published 18/02/2016

Amy Foster
Amy Foster

Amy Foster only just missed the qualification mark for next month’s World Championships in Portland, USA.

The Lisburn AC ace finished third in the 60 metres final in the AIT International Grand Prix in Athlone last night.

Foster — Ireland’s leading sprinter — had a time of 7.33 seconds which was again a mere 0.01 seconds short of the required mark for Portland.

There were fireworks from the first round in this event.

Barbara Pierre of the US was the class act in her heat when winning in an Irish All Comers record time of 7.19 seconds.

In the same race Bandon’s Phil Healy was took the verdict over Foster though both were given the same time of 7.40 seconds.

Lisburn AC’s Megan Marrs equalled her PB with a promising 7.57 seconds. Then in the final Pierre excelled to win in a world class time of 7.14 seconds.

Second place went to Ukraine’s Olesya Povkh in 7.23 seconds with Foster timed at 7.33 seconds and Healy 7.37 seconds.

This is the second occasion in 10 days that Amy has achieved this time.

With such consistency a place on the Irish team at the Worlds is still a distinct possibility.

In his 60 metres heat Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games athlete Leon Reid was fifth in 6.81 seconds

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