Rose-Anne Galligan was proud of her efforts in the 800m heats at the Athletics World Championships in Moscow, despite missing out on qualification for the semi-finals this morning.
The Newbridge Athletics Club was seventh in Heat 2 after failing to reach the heights she set at the London Diamond League meeting in July, when she broke Sonia O'Sullivan's 800m national record with a time of 2:00.58.
Galligan came home in a time of 2:02.05 just over two seconds behind winner Alysa Johnson-Montano (1:59.47), whose compatriot Brenda Martinez (1:59.39) was the fastest qualifier in Heat 1.
“I was ranked 28th coming into the championships and knew only 16 would progress, so I knew I had a very slim chance of getting through, but I was determined,” said Galligan afterwards. “I’ll learn from this race. I’ll take it as motivation into next year for World Indoors and European Outdoors. I gave it all I had out there today and I am proud of myself for that.”
Ireland's only remaining interest in Moscow is Paul Pollock of Annadale Striders AC who will compete in the marathon on Saturday.