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Sinead Denny runs very close to personal best in 400m semi final in Amsterdam, writes James Sullivan.

Ireland’s Sinead Denny was eliminated from the 400m at the European Championships in Amsterdam this evening. The Irish champion finished eighth in the third of three semi finals, but recorded a clocking of 53.27, just one hundredth of a second outside her personal best.

“I just had to keep with the girl outside me. She’s just a little bit faster than me, so I knew if I stuck with her I’d be in the mix,” said a satisfied Denny, who finishes the championships ranked 21st in Europe. “I had to push with 200m to go and I kind of felt them pulling away. It takes me awhile to get going, but I felt them coming back to me a bit on the straight.”

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Sinead Denny

“Getting to the semi final was one goal, getting a PB was another, and running under the European Championship standard (53.40) again was another. I got two out of three. I would have loved a PB, but I’m pretty happy with that performance.”

Competing in her first major championship, the Dundrum South Dublin athlete commented that the packed crowd inside the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium enabled her to find that bit extra this evening.

“That atmosphere was unreal. It definitely carries us around. Without a doubt it helps your performance to have a good atmosphere like that in the stadium.”

While she is pleased with her performance in Amsterdam this week, the 25 year old believes there is more to come over the coming years, and hopes that this experience will push her onto bigger performances in the future.

“It’s my first major championship, so hopefully I get to another major championship, go through it all again, and get a little bit further next time.”

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