Thursday, July 19, 2012
Derval O'Rourke runs 13.02 in Lignano, Italy
100 m hurdles Wind: 0.2
1 Lolo Jones USA 5 Aug 82 12.85
2 Derval O'Rourke IRL 28 May 81 13.02 SB
3 Yvette Lewis USA 16 Mar 85 13.08
4 Micol Cattaneo ITA 14 May 82 13.14
5 Veronica Borsi ITA 13 Jun 87 13.40
6 Rikenette Steenkamp RSA 16 Oct 92 13.93
Back on the 8th of July, Derval had to pull out of the National track and field championships due to a back spasm. The next day, the Irish Times had headlines like 'O'Rourke injury casts major doubt over Olympic participation'. At the times, that article seemed to be completely at odds with information elsewhere as outlined in an earlier post. Then just 9 days later, a seasons best of 13.02 shows that some elements of the press were way off the mark.
What's possibly more significant though is that the time is close to the sub 13 seconds that Derval will need to run to make a mark in London. At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, she went out in the first round after running 13.22 seconds. The time of the slowest qualifier from those rounds was 12.98 seconds. Therefore, it stands to reason that she will probably have to go sub 13 to get through the first rounds in London.