Ireland into 4x400m final with third-place finish

The quartet of Barr, Brian Gregan, Brian Murphy and Richard Morrissey needed to nail third or better to ensure their place in tomorrow’s eight-team final, and in the end they did exactly that, closing right up on relay giants Russia and Poland on the finishing line. Gregan took the initial leg, and immediately put the Irish in contention, with Murphy actually heading into the second leg in front: he was passed by the Russians, then Poland, with Belgium briefly pulling level, before Morrissey fairly smoked the third leg to keep Ireland firmly in contention. Barr’s split time for the last 400m was every bit as fast as it looked, 45.21 seconds to be exact, while Gregan was clocked at 45.86, Murphy at 46.75 and Morrissey at 45.56. Find out more

Generous heat draws to help Barr, English and Gregan

Only 16 of 40 will get dropped in the 400m heats also but Clonliffe's Brian Gregan, who should get one of the four automatic qualifying spots, has some interesting company. His heat includes Britain's Matthew Hudson-Smith, who has knocked four seconds off his time this season after moving up in distance from 200m, at which he was a European junior medallist. Find out more

Sky Sports: Living for sport - Brian Gregan (Mentor)

Brian Gregan was involved in sport from an early age, competing in everything from cross-country to long jump, but it was the 400m that he really began to excel in. At the age of 16 he suffered a serious injury and it was two years before he was able to compete again. On return from this near career ending injury he broke the Irish junior 400m record en route to qualifying to the world junior final. Brian attended Dublin City University where he studied sports science and health. He graduated from DCU with a second class honours degree and continued to excel throughout his years in DCU. Find out more

Gregan through to semi-finals

Ireland's Brian Gregan secured his place in the 400 metres semi-final at the World Championships in Moscow. The 23-year-old crossed the line in 46.04 seconds, putting him sixth in the second heat. Only the first four in each heat automatically qualified, but Gregan went through as the third of the four fastest losers.

"I'm absolutely delighted," he said. "I've had my share of bad luck at major championships and I wasn't particularly expecting any good luck at these.

"I thought I was out initially, but to run that fast that early in the day isn't easy for me, I'm not really a morning person.

"I will be a lot happier running tomorrow evening now in the semis."

The only other Irish athlete in action was Tori Pena in the women's pole vault. The national record holder went out of the competition at the qualification stage after failing to make 4.55 metres.

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