Christine McMahon hopes for late Rio call-up after achieving Olympic 400m hurdles mark

Christine McMahon reached the semi-finals of the European Championships earlier this month
Christine McMahon cut 0.36 seconds off her personal best in Belgium

Christine McMahon is hoping to earn a late call-up to Ireland's Olympic athletics team after running the 400m hurdles qualifying standard.

The Ballymena & Antrim athlete clocked 56.06 - 0.14 seconds inside the Rio mark - at a meeting in the Belgian city of Heusden on Saturday night.

However, the IAAF's deadline for entries was last Monday so McMahon, 24, appears likely to miss out.

McMahon's time cut 0.36 off her previous personal best set last month.

The Northern Irishwoman finished second at the meeting behind Australia's Lauren Wells who won in 55.69.