How Irish Tricolour saved the day for victorious athlete at World Indoor Championships
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How Irish Tricolour saved the day for victorious athlete at World Indoor Championships

AHEAD of the Irish Tricolour’s 170th anniversary this week, the flag has been proudly flown at the IAAF World Indoor Championships at the weekend.

Granted, we didn’t win anything, but the flag was still fluttering at the biennial event in Birmingham.

Ivorian sprinter Murielle Ahouré stormed to victory in the final of the 60m on Friday, securing her country’s first-ever gold medal at the championships.

That might explain why the camp was a little unprepared – they forgot to have an Ivory Coast flag on hand for their athletes in the event of a podium finish.

However the resourceful Ahouré sourced a Tricolour from an Irish fan in the crowd, David Kenneally, and simply flipped it around to celebrate with compatriot Marie-Josee Ta Lou, who finished second.

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Irish athletes Ciara Neville and Amy Foster had earlier been eliminated in the 60m heats, but at least the Irish flag got to do a lap of honour.

Can we count it as an Irish victory?

Marie-Josee Ta Lou and Murielle Ahouré finished second and first respectively (Image: Stephen Pond / Getty)
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