World Championships: Reynolds seventh in Beijing heat

Ben Reynolds clears a hurdle in his World Championships heat
Ben Reynolds clears a hurdle in his World Championships heat
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Ben Reynolds failed to progress to the 110m hurdles semi-finals at the World Championships after finishing seventh in his heat on Wednesday.

The Holywood athlete, who clocked 13.72 seconds, was frustrated with his preparation for the race.

"I was just resting for the last eight days. I got an old hip problem that takes about 10 days to settle.

"I'm pleased I raced. The first half of the race was good enough but then I started to fade."

The heat was won by Jamaica's Hansle Parchment, one of the favourites to win gold, in 13.33.

"I did an especially fast day Saturday (11 days ago), and I hurdled that day and my lead leg (was sore the day after)," added Reynolds.

"I felt I ran 13.2 pace the first half, 13.8 pace the second half. I'm feeling good because of what it was. Days ago it was a no-go. It was one of those things where it's best not to step up the gears coming in.

"I'll have to reflect now and make sure I'm absolutely fresh at peak season to go fast in training, so I think the rest of my body was ready, but one aspect wasn't up to pace."

Ciara Everard in action in the women's 800m heats
Ciara Everard felt she got her tactics wrong in her 800m first-round heat

Wednesday's other Irish hopefuls Kelly Proper and Ciara Everard also bowed out of their events.

Waterford woman Proper clocked 23.28 to finish sixth in her 200m first-round heat.

Proper's time was .13 outside her personal best, which was exactly the same time achieved by Greece's Maria Belimpasaki, who took the third and final fastest loser's spot after finishing fourth in the Irishwoman's heat.

"I felt good, a personal best and national record (23.02 by Sarah Reilly in Edmonton in 2001) was my goal," said Proper whose run was .04 outside her season's best.

"It felt fast so I was hoping for 23-low, and it just didn't happen."

Everard felt she got her tactics wrong as she finished seventh in her women's 800m heat in a time of 2:03.98.

"I couldn't position myself well for the first lap. Coming into it I didn't know where my form was at but I felt really good in the race, it was kind of stop-start, tactically," said the Kilkenny woman.

"I just got it wrong and there's no real excuse for it - I feel like my form was good and there was no reason I shouldn't have been there in the burn-up."

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