O’Rourke makes semi-final | 06.08.2012
O’Rourke was in an upbeat and very positive mood following her performance. “I’m happy but I’m disappointed it was not a top 3 position, “ she said. “I should have been top three and I should not have let that Russian out dip me. There was a little lapse in the middle of the race but there is a lot more there.”
O’Rourke was happy with her start and she looked fluent and confident in this qualifying heat. “ I had a good start, “ she said. “The start has been there all season and the rest of it was a bit better today but it can be much better and I know from training that there is a lot more there and we fight on tomorrow.”
O’Rourke was also happy with her first hurdle clearance. “I had a nice first hurdle today but my first hurdle in the warm-up was brutal. I think Sean (Cahill) wanted to kick me. Hopefully, he relatively happy with that , but I know that he will tell me that I need to work much harder.
“Things in the past few weeks in training have been very good. Ailish McSweeney – my training partner- has been amazing. She has had a hard year herself and yet she stepped up and did every single training session with me. She did every single warm-up with me. She brought me on a ton and I should be very grateful to her. I have a lot of faith in myself and I am just a little disappointed that I did not get a big Q. A big Q is when you automatically qualify and a small Q is when you get through as a faster loser.”
O’Rourke’s qualifying heat was won by Nevin Yanit of Turkey in 12.70 seconds. Dawn Harper of the USA was second in 12.75 and the Russian, Ekaterina Galitskaya placed third in 12.89.
Sally Pearson of Australia recorded the fastest time of the six qualifying – running an aggressive 12.57 seconds and Lolo Jones of the USA was next fastest to qualify with a 12.68 seconds performance.
O’Rourke's next big hurdle to clear will be tomorrow evening’s semi-final.