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Sunday 4 December 2016

Proper pain as Kelly fails in bid

26 August 2015; Kelly Proper of Ireland in action during the heats of the Women's 200m event. IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 - Day 5, National Stadium, Beijing, China. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
26 August 2015; Kelly Proper of Ireland in action during the heats of the Women's 200m event. IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 - Day 5, National Stadium, Beijing, China. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

The luck of the Irish continued to desert the boys and girls in green when Kelly Proper (inset) failed to make the semi-finals of the women's 200 metres yesterday evening.

The 27-year-old Waterford athlete finished sixth and last in her heat in a time of 23.28, just outside her season's best of 23.24.

However, it was not enough to claim one of the three fastest loser spots.

Mo Farah recovered from a last-lap trip to keep his tilt at another long-distance double alive.

Three days on from taking the 10,000 metres crown, the 32-year-old began his bid to retain the world 5,000m title at the Bird's Nest.

Like Sunday, though, there was a heart-in-mouth moment as Farah almost hit the deck after a tangle in legs around the final bend, only to regain his balance and finish in 13 minutes 19.44 seconds.

It was enough to see the Briton qualify behind Ethiopia's Yomif Kejelcha, keeping his hopes alive of a record-breaking third successive long-distance double at major global championships.

Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin will do battle for World Championship gold once more after the pair cruised into today's 200 metres final.

Three days on from riding to the rescue of his beleaguered sport, the Jamaican continued his bid for half-lap glory with a strong display at the Bird's Nest.

Bolt won his semi-final with a season's best of 19.95 seconds, easing home ahead of South Africa's Anaso Jobodwana.

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