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Tuesday 21 February 2017

In brief: McDonagh joins Ireland's Elite

Published 30/05/2011 | 05:00

BOXING : MICHAEL McDONAGH recorded his second win over David Oliver Joyce in Saturday's Box-Off final to claim the Irish lightweight vest for next month's European Elite Championships in Turkey.

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The 17-year-old, who beat Joyce in February's Elite final, edged out the St Michael's Athy man and 2009 EU featherweight champ 10-9 at the National Stadium.

And in further disappointment for the St Michael's Athy BC, Donegal's Willie McLaughlin beat John Joe Joyce 9-8 in the welterweight Box-Off decider.

The IABA were using the Box-Offs to decide who wears the lightweight and welterweight vests on the Irish squad for the Europeans which begin in Ankara on June 14.

The 10-man squad, which includes defending Euro champ Paddy Barnes and World Youth champ Joe Ward, flew out to Sheffield yesterday for their final training camp.

SWIMMING

IRELAND'S Andrew Bree claimed a 100m breaststroke bronze medal at the prestigious Speedo Grand Challenge meet in California at the weekend.

Bree, who is based in Southern California alongside Olympic champion Kosuke Katajima, will be very happy with his 100m breaststroke time of 1:02.54, which saw him finish third behind American Eric Shanteau and Slovenia's Damir Dugonjic.

The 30-year-old is hoping to join Grainne Murphy, Melanie Nocher and Barry Murphy at the World Championships in Shanghai.

SAILING

Three Irish crews reached the medal race finals of the Dutch World Cup of Sailing, with all three narrowly missing podium places.

Annalise Murphy in the single-handed Laser Radial scored five race wins including the medal race final, though two disqualifications early in the week upset her form and she finished ninth overall.

Skiff sailors Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern also won their medal race final for the top 10 boats in their discipline and were fifth overall.

Star keelboat sailors Peter O'Leary and David Burrows placed fourth overall, beating rival Irish contenders Max Treacy and Anthony Shanks into 12th place in the first of two team selection trial events.

MOTOR SPORT

Tim McNulty and Paul Kiely kept their unbeaten record in this year's Dunlop National Rally Championship by making it four wins from four in Cavan yesterday.

Their Impreza finished the Kilmore Hotel Stages Rally 24 seconds ahead of nearest challengers Robert Barrable and Damien Connolly in their Skoda, with three-time national champion Niall Maguire in third.

Barrable, the reigning Young Rally Driver of the Year, was happy to salvage a result in Cavan to replace his disappointment at having to retire from the Jim Clark International Rally in Scotland on Friday night with alternator failure.

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