Monday 24 July 2017

In brief: Harrison takes 'free' title in style

Swimming

DERRY'S Ryan Harrison made a big impression at the prestigious South Eastern college championships in Florida when he won the 200 freestyle final at the weekend.

Harrison, Ireland's top middle-distance freestyler, was competing for the University of Tennessee and came home in a time of 1:32.38, which pushed him to the top of the 200-yard charts in the whole of the American college set-up.

The win comes just at the right time as he will now be one of the favourites to win gold at the National College championships next month.

Equestrian

Denis Lynch was runner-up in the Grand Prix at Neumunster in Germany yesterday riding Thomas Straumann's Lacroix.

The German-based Tipperary man held the lead in the 10-horse jump-off until last man in, Belgium's Jan Vinckler, shaved just over 1.5 seconds off the Irish rider's target time. He produced a a blistering run from the 10-year-old mare Ursela to claim the €12,500 winner's purse, while Lynch had to settle for €7,600.

Motorsport

Although his Fiesta broke a driveshaft at the start of the main race of the day, Kildare driver Tommy Graham clinched the National Rallycross Championship for the second year in succession at Mondello Park yesterday, writes Paul Phelan.

Thanks to wins earlier in the season, he cannot be caught for the title in the final round next month.

Autotest and Retro ace Eamonn Byrne scored a clear win in the first ever Endurance Trial held in Ireland, with navigator Anthony Preston.

Hockey

YMCA returned to winning ways in emphatic style with a 6-2 away victory against Fingal at Dublin Airport in the Leinster League.

Glenanne maintained their slim advantage at the top, however, hitting 11 past UCD, with eight different names on the scoresheet.

And they completed a most satisfactory weekend by edging Corinthians out of the Mills Cup, with last-quarter goals from Shane O'Donoghue and Gary Shaw putting them into the final.

Meanwhile, Ireland's low standing in European indoor hockey drooped to the lowest level as Pembroke Wanderers failed to win a game at the Champions Challenge in Portugal.

Irish representatives Three Rock Rovers will now be contesting Europe's fourth division next season.

Tennis

IRELAND'S Julia Moriarty yesterday clinched a second-round place on the ITF Women's Circuit in Portugal.

Australian-born Moriarty scored an emphatic 6-3 6-2 win over Norway's Emma Flood, in the outdoor hardcourt event in Albufeira.

Today, the Irish No 1 faces a more difficult test against No 5 seed, Italy's 545-ranked Alice Balducci.

Irish Independent

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