Ireland men seventh in 4x400m final at European Under-23 Championships

France and Belgium also qualified for the 4x400m relay final in Bydgoszcz
France clinched the bronze medal in the 4x400m final while Belgium were fifth

Ireland had to settle for seventh place in the men's 4x400m relay final at the European Under-23 Championships in Bydgoszcz in Poland.

The Irish quartet, which included Northern Ireland athletes Craig Newell and Andrew Mellon, finished 4.99 seconds behind winners Great Britain.

Ireland clocked 3:08.64 - 1.01 seconds slower than their semi-final time when they clinched a fastest losers spot.

Poland took silver with France earning the bronze medal.

Ballymena & Antrim's Newell and Bangor's Mellon were joined by Donegal man Karl Griffin and Trim's Harry Purcell in the Irish quartet.

Dublin-based Mellon reached the semi-finals of the individual 400m in Poland as he equalled his personal best of 47.23 seconds.

Ireland's 4x400m women's team finished sixth in their final while Sarah McCarthy placed 11th in the long jump final after a best leap of 6.21m.

McCarthy's best jump on Sunday was 12 centimetres less than her personal best qualifying distance.

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