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Rose-Anne Galligan urged to make most of 800m European Indoor Championships chance

By Sportsnews  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

Rose-Anne Galligan will represent Ireland in the European Indoor Championships in the 800m

Rose-Anne Galligan will represent Ireland in the European Indoor Championships in the 800m

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Coach David Farrow's final message to Rose-Anne Galligan before Friday's  heats of the 800m at the European Indoor Championships will be short and to the point: Don't waste this chance.

The Gloucester AC international, who lives in Cheltenham, was a late call-up for the Ireland squad to travel to Gothenburg, so late indeed that Farrow was unable to make the trip himself.

"It is the first major championships I have ever missed with one of my athletes and I have been to a few over the years," said Farrow.

"I saw Rose-Anne for training before she flew out and I will call her on Friday.

"We have already spoken about what she should do and Rose-Anne will be aggressive in the heats.

"She will make things happen and there is no way she will be anonymous. She is prepared to run as hard as she can to reach the semi-finals on Saturday and if necessary lead the race even if that means running wide in lane two and getting bumped and barged along the way.

"She will do everything she can to get through and if she doesn't have the legs in the closing stages then so be it.

"But the worst thing she can do is sit in, get knocked out in a slow time and walk off the track thinking I could have done so much better. That won't happen."

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