Sarah Lavin and Phil Healy both advanced to the semi-finals on the morning session of day three (August 25) of athletics at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan.

Lavin’s posting of posting of 13.54 in the last of five 100m hurdles heats, was good for the third automatic qualification spot.

The 23-year-old, who won an Irish national title in July, will line-up in a top field that includes Great Britain’s Alicia Barrett, in the second of three semi-finals on Saturday (August 26).

Healy, second to line up for Ireland’s athletics delegation, took to the track for round one of the women’s 200m with the first three in each securing qualification to the semi-finals later that day.

The 22-year-old sprinter clocked an impressive 23.87 to take the victory and an automatic qualification spot, finishing 0.26 seconds ahead of the nearest challenger.

Healy is back on the track at 10.15am GMT to contest the first of three semi-finals. The Irish sprinter has the third fastest time this year amongst the field in her race, with a good performance Healy has every chance of making Friday’s final.

Following the 200m semi-finals, Ireland’s Paul Byrne is back in action for the 400m hurdles semi-finals, lining up at 10.50am GMT.

Byrne made it through the earlier rounds with a time of 51.06 and will hope to run closer to his 50.03 personal best to advance to the final.

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