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Wednesday 23 January 2019

London calling

DUBLINER Deirdre Ryan has broken a national record to carry the torch for Ireland in the Olympics.

Dundrum high-jumper Deirdre (29) sealed an Irish record in Daegu, South Korea last night and landed a spot in next summer's Olympics in London.

The former UCD student is competing in the World Athletics Championships and thanks to her quality performance in last night's heats, she has secured herself a spot on Ireland's Olympics 2012 team.

In a career best, Deirdre cleared a massive 1.95 metres in the heats, to break a national record.

The high-jumper had first-time clearances at 1.80m, 1.85m and 1.89m, before going on to clear 1.95m on her second attempt.

Deirdre is not the only one flying the flag for Ireland -- she is one of three of our contestants to have made it through to the championship finals.

Clonliffe Athletic Club's Alistair Cragg and Cork's Ciaran O'Lionaird made the cut.

South African-born Alistair got automatic qualification for the Sunday final of the 5,000m after finishing fifth in his heat.

Corkman Ciaran enjoyed a memorable day by becoming Ireland's second ever 1,500m World Championship finalist.

The Leevale runner will join his teammates Deirdre and Alistair to showcase their Irish talent on the world stage this weekend.

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