Sunday 20 August 2017

In brief: Hession comes up short in Italy

Athletics

Paul Hession failed in his efforts to end the season on a high, finishing fourth in the 200m at the IAAF Permit meeting in Rieti, Italy, yesterday.

The Galway man finished in a time of 20.72 seconds which was short of his 20.46 seasonal best and further away again from his 20.30 national mark he set three years ago. Wallace Spearmon of the USA set a meeting record with victory in 19.85 while Angelo Taylor (USA) and Marc Schneeberger (Switzerland) had lifetime best times of 20.23 and 20.42 in second and third.

Hockey

A two-goal burst midway through the second half gave Ireland a comfortable 2-0 victory over Scotland yesterday at the Five Nations tournament in Paris.

But the win was not sufficient for overall victory in the event, claimed by Malaysia, with Paul Revington's men in second spot. Ireland had to wait until the 52nd minute for Eugene Magee to open the scoring and just four minutes later, Peter Caruth bagged the second.

Sailing

America's Cup legend John Bertrand won the Etchells World Championship at Howth Yacht Club on Saturday thanks to his fifth race win of the event, allowing him to sail ashore without contesting race nine.

Britain's Ante Razmillovic was his principal rival for the title but a 19th place in the penultimate race meant using his discard for the score and an earlier 12th place from the second day was counted, allowing Bertrand his winning margin.

Cycling

Sean Lacey of the Edge Cycling Club in Cork was crowned the Subway Classic League Champion in Ballyliffin, Co Donegal, yesterday.

Lacey has been 'Mr Consistency' in the five race series, winning points in each event. In the final event, the James Fullerton Memorial, he finished third to the Eurocycles pair of Adam Armstrong and Thomas Martin.

Handball

Just two remain in the hunt for All-Ireland 60x30 Senior Singles honours following a weekend of exciting action.

Defending champion, Dublin's Eoin Kennedy, stormed to a 21-5, 21-9 victory over Model County handballer Gavin Buggy. In the second semi-final, Westmeath young-gun Robbie McCarthy also impressed with an exciting performance and a 21-10, 21-19 win against Kilkenny handball legend Michael 'Ducksy' Walsh.

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