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Lecky on a high after reaching the World final


Fine fettle: Sommer Lecky is ready for the high jump final
Fine fettle: Sommer Lecky is ready for the high jump final

By Brian Hill

Finn Valley high jumper Sommer Lecky (18) revelled in her most impressive qualification in a major competition yet when she was one of only four athletes who had a fault-free day in the opening round of the Word Under-20 Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland.

The Irish champion cleared the 1.84m qualification height to join 11 other girls in Sunday's final. More impressively, she cleared every single height at her first attempt, having started at 1.70m.

Commonwealth Games athlete Lecky, who has a personal best of 1.86m when winning the Scottish Indoors title earlier this year, commented afterwards: "I felt really good. The track was bouncy but I was sure I could control it."

The Irish Women's sprint relay team excelled, securing a place in Sunday's final as the second fastest qualifiers.

They won their heat in 44.27 seconds, with Germany the fastest qualifiers.

The Men's relay team, which included anchor man Aaron Sexton of North Down, failed to qualify for the final after they finished third in their heat in 40.51 seconds.

In the Women's 100m hurdles, Ireland's Molly Scott qualified for the semi-finals after coming third in her heat in 13.95 seconds.

Meanwhile, Lorraine Ugen will lead the British team taking on world and Olympic champions from around the globe in the inaugural Athletics World Cup.

The 26-year-old set the long jump world lead with a leap of 7.05m earlier this month and stood in to win Commonwealth Games relay gold for England in April.

The United States, Jamaica, Germany, France, China, Poland and South Africa will also compete at London Stadium.

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