In Brief: Heartache at the tape for Healy
ATHLETICS: BANDON'S Phil Healy missed out on a bronze medal at the European Junior Championships in Rieti, Italy, by a heartbreaking eight hundredths of a second yesterday, finishing fourth in the 100m final in 11.96.
There was double gold for Ireland at the European Youth Olympics in Utrecht, Holland however. Leevale's Louise Shanahan (16) won the 800m title in a personal best of 2:08.77, then Laura Ann Costello (Dunmore AC), Niamh McNicol (Stella Maris Tramore), Phoebe Murphy (Loreto Clonmel) and Roseanna McGuckian (Ballymena AC) set an Irish record of 46.55 when winning the 4x100m final.
McGuckian also won bronze in the 200m in a personal best of 24.42.
At the European Juniors (U-20), Limerick's Sara Lavin won her 100m hurdles heat in 13.38 and followed that up with second in her semi-final (13.45) to reach today's final.
Ferrybank's Ben Kiely ran a personal best of 52.10 to make today's semi-finals of the 400m hurdles while, in the women's event, Nessa Millet made it through as a fastest loser with a career best of 59.69. Carlow's Marcus Lawlor cruised through his 200m heat in 21.18, but Donegal's Karl Griffin finished fifth (1:52.94) in his 800m heat.
Horse Sport Ireland have named their squad for the Aga Khan Cup at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show in August, while the FEI have named the Irish team for the European Championships a week later.
Shane Breen, Cameron Hanley and Conor Swail are listed for both events, but while Dermott Lennon and Cian O'Connor will compete at the Dublin fixture, they will be replaced by Shane Sweetnam and Billy Twomey for the Europeans, which take place in Herning, Denmark.