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Courtney ends season filled with optimism

 

In the Irish Half Marathon Champs in Dublin North Belfast's Conan McCaughey finished seventh in 68 minutes 30 seconds which equals his personal best time (stock photo)
In the Irish Half Marathon Champs in Dublin North Belfast's Conan McCaughey finished seventh in 68 minutes 30 seconds which equals his personal best time (stock photo)

By Brian Hill

In the British Athletics Championships in Birmingham, Northern Ireland's Mollie Courtney finished eighth in the 100 metres hurdles in a time of 13.96 seconds.

Earlier the 22-year-old qualified for the final with a time of 13.84.

The race was won by defending champion Cindy Ofili of Woodford Green in 13.09.

Northern Ireland champion Courtney, who finished fourth in both the British Universities and the Inter Counties this year, said: "I am fairly happy with that after a poor start.

"My season is now finished and I will soon start a prolonged training period in preparation for next year.

"This is a transitional period for me following my change of coaches and I hope to improve substantially next season."

In the Irish Half Marathon Champs in Dublin North Belfast's Conan McCaughey finished seventh in 68 minutes 30 seconds which equals his personal best time.

Northern Ireland's Tommy Hughes who competed in the 1992 Olympics was 18th in 73.59. The race was won by Yared Derese of Carrick Aces in 64.58.

Meanwhile, Adam Gemili won the British 200m title in a new championship record to secure his place at next month's World Athletics Championships in Doha.

Gemili crossed the line in 20.08 with Zharnel Hughes second in a season's best 20.25 in Birmingham.

"I'm over the moon, but I'm exhausted, it was a tough race," 25-year-old Gemili said.

In the women's 200m, Jodie Williams beat reigning champion Beth Dobbin with both qualifying for Doha.

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