Belfast Telegraph

Patterson sees upside despite World Junior woe

 

By Robert Jones

Beechmount's Davicia Patterson just failed to qualify for today's World Junior Championships 400 metres final when she finished third in her semi-final race in Tampere, Finland.

The 17-year old Irish Junior record holder ran in 53.57 secs, ranking her 11th - but only the first eight qualified for the final.

Patterson made valiant efforts to close the gap on eventual winner Ella Connolly of Australia, who was timed at 52.78 secs, plus runner-up Mary Mora of Kenya.

She had the consolation of recording her third fastest ever time and will have learnt from what was her first experience on the world stage.

There were a number of other solid performances by the Irish team as 800m runner Jo Keane of Ennis achieved her ambition of a PB in a major championship with a time of two mins 6.91 secs for sixth place in her semi-final.

In the fierce competition, only the first two progressed to the final.

In the women's 100m first round, Gina Akpe-Moses and Ciara Neville both secured solid second places to progress to today's semis.

Irish Junior champion Neville (19) of Emerald ran an impressive race, qualifying easily in a time of 11.54 secs, just short of her PB of 11.52 secs.

Ciara was the eighth fastest qualifier from 24 athletes in a race won by Great Britain's Kristal Awah.

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