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TEAM NI: Katie Kirk progresses to 800m semi-finals

Northern Ireland's Katie Kirk (left) crosses the line to finish the Women's 800m heats

Northern Ireland's Katie Kirk (left) crosses the line to finish the Women's 800m heats

 

Northern Ireland’s Katie Kirk is through to the Commonwealth Games 800m semi-finals after an impressive run in Wednesday’s heats at Hampden Park.

The Holywood athlete enjoyed an impressive finish to come in second in her heat in 2:03.00.

Kenyan medal contender Eunice Jepkoech Sum won the heat in 2:02.36 with Kirk pipping Australia’s Brittany McGowan for second and England’s Marilyn Okoro securing a fastest loser’s spot after taking fifth in 2:03.90.

Meanwhile, Leon Reid made the 200m semi-finals after finishing third in his heat while Jason Harvey was fifth in his 400m hurdles heat and failed to progress.

Harvey bowed out as an ankle injury sustained two weeks ago meant that he will unable to get near to his personal best of 50.13 as he clocked 52.06 to finish fifth in his heat.

“Frustrating way to run but glad I did considering I wasn’t walking last week,” Harvey said on Twitter.

Harvey will now concentrate on getting himself fully fit for the European Championships in two weeks’ time.

 

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