Tuesday 26 September 2017

Heffernan out after tragedy

Athletics

IRELAND'S world-class racewalker Robert Heffernan has had to withdraw from the World Track and Field Championships after the sudden death of his mother, WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.

Heffernan and his wife Marian (part of the Irish 4x400m team) had already travelled to Daegu in South Korea for the event which starts on Saturday.

The Cork star, from Togher AC, finished fourth in both the 20km and 50km races at last year's European Championships and was contemplating doubling up again in Daegu, starting with the 20km walk next Sunday.

Sorensen given tough US draw

Tennis

LOUK SORENSEN has not been favoured by the draw for the US Open qualifying, being paired against the No 29 seed, Spain's 157-ranked Arnau Bruques-Davi, in the first round tomorrow.

After a long lay-off due to injuries, Sorensen's ranking has slipped to 614 from a career-high position of 213 set in February 2010.

In contrast to Sorensen, Conor Niland seems to have a better chance of making the second round of qualifying. The 199-ranked Limerick native today takes on Slovakia's Pavol Cervenak in his opening-round match.

Serena only seeded 28th

Serena Williams has been seeded 28th at the US Open, which is sticking with its policy of following the world rankings instead of taking into account players' past performances.

Williams has won 13 Grand Slam titles and is the bookies' favourite to add a 14th in New York, where she has won three times.

Martin shines as Cavendish quits

cycling

Ireland's Daniel Martin led home the peloton at the Vuelta a Espana on a day when Mark Cavendish abandoned the race during the fourth stage.

The Manxman struggled from the outset in Spain after getting detached in the opening team time trial and he had started stage four in 184th position, 16 minutes and 48 seconds adrift.

Katusha's Daniel Moreno took the stage victory in the first mountain finish of the tour.

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