Amy Foster into 100m semi-finals at World University Games

Amy Foster in action at last year's European Outdoor Championships

Amy Foster eased into Monday's 100 metres semi-finals at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

The University of Ulster sprinter was sixth fastest of the qualifiers from Sunday's opening heats as she clocked a time of 11.60.

Foster will hope to go faster on Monday with the Northern Ireland record of 11.49 that she jointly holds with Anna Boyle possibly under threat.

"I'm happy to be safely through to (the) semi-finals," tweeted Foster.

The Northern Ireland athlete, who is competing for Ireland in Kazan, added that she had had a dispute in the call room over bring a tape measure on to the track.

Foster finished behind Lithuanian heat winner Lina Grincikaite who clocked 11.52.

Fastest qualifier was Romania's Andreea Luiza Ograzeanu who won her heat in 11.46.

Ireland's other competitors on Sunday also safely progressed from their opening heats.

Medal hope Brian Gregan won his 400m heat in 46.68 while Ciara Everard progressed to the women's 800m semi-finals as she finished third in her opening qualifier in 2:04.34.

Gregan was fifth in the last World University Games and will be looking to clinch a medal on this occasion.

Foster ran 11.49 for the second time in her career at the Mary Peters International meeting in Belfast on 25 June and has also posted a 200m time of 23.59 this season.

The Northern Ireland woman qualified for the 200m final at the last World University Games but the shorter sprint may represent her better opportunity to impress two years on.

Foster will be be joined in the 200m by Niamh Whelan, who has a faster personal best for the distance of 23.30 set in 2010.

The other Irish team members in Russia are Jessie Barr (400m hurdles), Claire Tarplee (1500m), Michelle Finn (3000m steeplechase), Tomas Cotter (3000m steeplechase) and Laura Reynolds (20K walk).

Meanwhile, Jason Harvey and Letterkenny athletes Mark English and Darren McBrearty have been named on a strong Ireland team for next week's European Under-23 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Harvey will compete in the 400m hurdles along with Irish team-mate Thomas Barr.

The northerner clocked a new personal best of 50.27 last month while Barr improved his best to 50.00 at the Cork City Sports earlier this week.

English will be fancied for a medal in the 800m after finishing fifth in a high-class World Junior final last year while McBrearty will compete in the 1500m alongside in-form Paul Robinson.

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