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Gregan through to semi-finals

Ireland's Brian Gregan secured his place in the 400 metres semi-final at the World Championships in Moscow.

The 23-year-old crossed the line in 46.04 seconds, putting him sixth in the second heat.

Only the first four in each heat automatically qualified, but Gregan went through as the third of the four fastest losers.

"I'm absolutely delighted," he said. "I've had my share of bad luck at major championships and I wasn't particularly expecting any good luck at these.

"I thought I was out initially, but to run that fast that early in the day isn't easy for me, I'm not really a morning person.

"I will be a lot happier running tomorrow evening now in the semis."

The only other Irish athlete in action was Tori Pena in the women's pole vault.

The national record holder went out of the competition at the qualification stage after failing to make 4.55 metres.

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