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Sarah Lavin 'Immensely Proud' After Finishing Seventh In World Final

Sarah Lavin 'Immensely Proud' After Finishing Seventh In World Final
By PJ Browne

Sarah Lavin became the first Irish athlete in 12 years to reach a World Indoor Athletics Championship final on Saturday.

The Limerick athlete finished seventh in the 60m hurdles final in Belgrade. The 27-year-old twice broke her personal best in getting to the final, running 8.03 seconds in the heat, and then 7.97 as she finished second in the semi-final.

"Honestly, I've been on such a rollercoaster today," she told RTÉ after the final.

"To put out 8.09, I was doing 8.03 in the heat and then [7.97 in the semi-final]...

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"I still have to be immensely proud of today. Seventh in the world. I felt a sub-7.90 would make the podium. I thought maybe I could squeeze a 7.95 - 7.95, I don't know. Obviously, as an athlete, you're optimistic at all times because you have to be.

"I want a major medal and for that to happen you have to be in a global final first. It’s my first global final as a senior athlete, I’m proud."

Coincidentally, it was David Gillick - who was the last Irish athlete to reach a world indoor final in Doha in 2010 - conducting the interview for RTÉ.

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France's Cyréna Samba-Mayela (7.78) won gold ahead of Devynne Charlton (7.81) of the Bahamas in second and Gabriele Cunningham (7.87) of the USA in third.


Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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