Carlow’s Marcus Lawler missed out on a place in the fastest qualifier spots at the Tokyo Olympics this morning.
The local man was in action in the 200 metres heats.
He did run a season’s best time of 20.73 on what was his Olympic debut.
Lawler put in a strong bend and closed well on the athletes in front on the home straight to give himself an outside shot of qualification.
“I knew that was going to require a 20.5, and I’m capable of 20.5 but it was just shy of that,” said Lawler of his qualification chances.
Speaking of his approach to the Games he added: “I’ve enjoyed every last minute of it and that’s what I really wanted to do. Come out and enjoy it, relax, and run free without being tense and hopefully, I achieved that.”