ATHLETICS

Akpe-Moses to contest World Under 20 100m semi-final

The local athlete will take to the track on Thursday afternoon, Irish time

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Dundalk athlete Gina Akpe-Moses will contest a 100m semi-final at the IAAF Under-20 World Championships in Tampere on Thursday, having ran 11.58 to finish second in her heat this morning (Wednesday). 

The Blackrock AC athlete overcame a false start and narrowly finished as runner-up to Daija Lampkin of the United States in the fifth heat held on Wednesday morning, which booked her place in Thursday's semi-final alongside Limerick's Ciara Neville. 

Now based in Birmingham, Akpe-Moses hopes to follow last year's success in Italy where she became the first Irish athlete to win a European sprint title, claiming the 100m in the Eurpean Junior Under-20 Championships (below). Her current PB in the 100m is 11.46. 

"I feel like the semis are going to be really intense so I feel like I need to get my body and my head in the right place," she said after the heat. 

"I need to be really aggressive and meet it head on. I need to be very powerful and focused on running the race and executing it properly."

Thursday's semi-final takes place at 4pm, Irish time. 

Neville ran in 11.54, her second fastest ever 100m.