Last night O’Rourke finished a close second in the 60 metres hurdles. Although victory on the night went to the fast-finishing American Yvette Lewis in 8.11 seconds, O’Rourke was right up there clocking 8.16 – and in fact earlier in the night won her heat in 8.22 seconds.
She has a best time of 7.84 seconds, clocked in 2006 when winning the World Indoor title in Moscow, but it’s still early season and she will be coming into championship form over the coming weeks.
After a spell of warm-weather training in South Africa, O’Rourke has more indoor races lined up in the coming weeks – intent on having a full indoor season, culminating with the European Indoor Championships in Paris, which take place from March 4th-6th.
O’Rourke won bronze in Turin two years ago, in 7.97, and has gold in mind this time round.