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Heat Hampers Brendan Boyce Despite Valiant Performance

Ireland’s Brendan Boyce has finished in 19th place in the 50km race walk at the European Championships in Berlin. 

In over 30-degree heat, the two-time Olympian produced a fine performance to finish with a time of just over four hours.

With a huge amount of support behind him, Boyce was in a medal position at the half-way but dropped back with the heat playing a major factor. Maryan Zakalnytskyy of Ukraine was the eventual winner of the race with a time of 3:46:32.

Meanwhile, Chris O’Donnell finished sixth in his heat of the 400 metres, running a season best of 46.81 seconds.

Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner also placed sixth in her heat of the 800m race in a time of 2.02.

Over in Glasgow, Darragh Greene qualified for the semi-final of the 50m Breaststroke in 27.66 seconds, finishing 13th in his heat. He will swim again in the final later today.  Oliver Dingley has qualified for the final of the 1m dive, finishing in 11th place. He was in 14th place going into his final dive where he scored 66.50. The final of that event will take place at 2.40pm.

There is plenty more Irish interest throughout the day with Phil Healy and Thomas Barr competing in the semi-finals of their respective events and you can find the list of all today’s athletes here.

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. You can contact her at marisa@punditarena.com or on Twitter