AN AUSTRALIAN athlete with family links in Donegal has advanced to an Olympic final.
Jessica Hull will compete in the women’s 1500m final in Tokyo.
Hull is the great-granddaughter of Charles Peoples and Sarah McBride.
They left Gweedore for Australia in the 1860s, but there remain relatives in west Donegal.
Hull came fourth in her semi-final this morning, her time of 3:58.81 a new personal best.
The 24-year-old, competing in her first Olympics, was in a fast race, won by Faith Kipyegon from Kenya.
After starting her athletics journey in school running cross country, Hull joined Albion Park Little Athletics Centre.
Her father, Simon, who in his day was a national level middle-distance runner, played a big role in her development into Australia’s lead 1500m runner.