Kirk delight at 800m progress

Northern Ireland's Katie Kirk
Northern Ireland's Katie Kirk

Katie Kirk finished second yesterday in her heat of the women’s 800m in a time of 2.03.00 to progress to tonight’s semi-finals.

“I am really pleased. That was a very tough race particularly as the World Champion was racing,” Kirk said.

“My legs are really sore at the minute. We slowed up after the first lap but I felt comfortable even though the pace picked up towards the end. I never eased up as my Dad (Coach Mark Kirk) has always told me to run to the line,” she said.”

In the men’s 200m, Leon Reid finished third in his heat with a time of 20.97 seconds to progress to the semi-final as a fastest loser.

Jason Harvey was fifth in his semi-final of the 400m hurdles in 52.06.

In the final of the women’s 3000m steeplechase Kerry O’Flaherty finished in 11th place with her third fastest time ever of 9:55.94.

“This was a great a great experience for me and while it was my 3rd best ever time I was a bit disappointed I didn’t get a PB.

“I certainly felt I had a 9.50 in me and I was in fact on course for a fast time until the last two laps, however, towards the end I faded.”

Meanwhile, wrestler Hugh McCloskey was beaten 4-0 by New Zealander Sam Belkin in the bronze medal final of the men’s freestyle 97kg class.

The 22 year-old from Limavady initially lost his quarter-final to eventual gold medalist Arjun Gill from Canada and when his scheduled opponent pulled out of the tournament and the repechage, the 22 year-old from Derry went straight to the medal final.

Elsewhere, Northern Ireland’s netball team have achieved their pre-Games target of a top eight finish as they completed the group stages with a scrappy 37-32 win over Scotland.

The victory means they finished fourth in Group B and will now face Wales tomorrow for seventh place.

In Gymnastics Nicole Mawhinney finished in a very creditable 17th place in the women’s all-around final.

After qualifying in 21st position the 18 year-old from Portavogie who trains at the Salto Gymnastics Club in Lisburn, performed clean routines on all four apparatus for a total mark of 48.565.

In Badminton Tony Murphy and Tony Stephenson are both through to the last 16 of the men’s singles.

Sinead Chambers went out of the women’s singles in the last 32, beaten by the fifth seed PC Thulasi from India.

Along with brother Ciaran they lost to the fifth seeds from Canada Phyllis Chan and Derrick Ng in the last 32 of the mixed doubles.

Murphy and Alannah Stephenson also went out of the mixed doubles at the last 32 stage as they lost 21-12, 21-13 to the top seeds – husband and wife partnership Chris and Gabrielle Adcock from England.

However, the third mixed doubles partnership of Murphy and Caroline Black made the last 16 by beating Gareth and Geordine Henry of Jamaica.

Murphy and Stephenson also combined to reach the last 16 of the men’s doubles but Northern Ireland’s only representatives in the women’s doubles – Sinead Chambers and Caroline Black – lost at the last 32 stage.

In Table Tennis Paul McCreery and Ashley Robinson are still alive in the men’s doubles as they reached the third round with a 3-1 win over Peter Jackson and John Cordue from New Zealand.

The two will also be involved in the first round of the men’s singles along with Peter Graham this morning.

Robinson and Ashley Givan went out of the mixed doubles at the third round stage. Northern Ireland’s other two partnerships – Peter Graham and Emma Ludlow and Paul McCreery and Hannah Lynch-Dawson both lost in the first round.

Givan and Amanda Mogey both had good wins in the first round of the women’s singles before succumbing in the last 32.

In squash Madeline Perry and Michael Craig to Australian pair Rachael Grinham and David Palmer 2-0 in their latest group game of the mixed doubles.