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Katy Sealy realises Olympic dream after taking to the track in 100m hurdles in Rio

PUBLISHED: 14:13 16 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:22 16 August 2016

Ipswich Harriers athlete, Katy Sealy

Ipswich Harriers athlete, Katy Sealy

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It is a long way to go for just 100metres but Katy Sealy can now call herself an Olympic athlete.

Friends and family of the Ipswich Harriers heptathlete were glued to their TV screens at 3pm today as the 25-year-old made her first ever appearance in the greatest sporting show on Earth.

Running in the women’s 100m hurdles Sealy, a former Farlingaye High School student who lives in Bawdsey, was competing for the tiny Central American nation of Belize.

Sealy’s grandparents lived in the country in the 1960s and her father was born there, meaning she was eligible to be selected for the Games.

Normally a heptathlete, Sealy took part in the hurdles as a wildcard entry; countries with no qualifiers can choose one male and one female wildcard to compete for them.

Katy Sealy at the Olympic Village with GB cyclists Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome.Katy Sealy at the Olympic Village with GB cyclists Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome.

As such she did not need to meet the standard of 13.0seconds – currently her personal best (PB) is 15.2secs.

She had hoped to beat this when she ran in heat one of the event, but finished just outside this in a time of 15.79secs, coming in eighth place.

In the heptathlon, which does not accept wildcard entries in the Olympics, Sealy has won three consecutive golds in the Central American Championships, representing Belize since 2010.

She has broken several national records including in the high jump, javelin and indoor 800m.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst hailed the character of his players following their gutsy comeback draw against Brentford at Portman Road tonight.

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Andy Warren hands out his player grades following Ipswich Town’s 1-1 draw with Brentford at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town produced a second-half turnaround as they battled back to secure a 1-1 draw against Brentford on the night the club paid tribute to the late Kevin Beattie.

Ipswich Town take on Brentford this evening as they search for their first victory under manager Paul Hurst (7.45pm).

Ipswich Town’s players, staff, fans and legends paid an emotional tribute to the late, great, Kevin Beattie prior to kick-off of this evening’s clash with Brentford.

Paul Hurst is not hiding from the fact he could face the sack if his winless start to life as Ipswich Town manager goes on much longer.

Paul Hurst knows his Ipswich Town side will need to put in a special performance on what is sure to be an emotional evening at Portman Road, as everyone connected with Ipswich Town remembers the great Kevin Beattie.

Ipswich Town fan Nigel Beckman has written a poem in tribute to the late, great Kevin Beattie.

We take a look at what happened on this day at Ipswich Town

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