Wednesday 7 December 2016

In brief: Rohan races to gold in Canada

Published 23/08/2010 | 05:00

Athlone athlete Mark Rohan secured Ireland's first-ever Paracycling World Championship gold medal when winning the H1 Handcycling Road Race in Baie-Comeau, Canada on Saturday.

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Riding a tactical race, Rohan pulled away from the rest of the field in the first lap along with the previous world champion, Austrian rider Wolfgang Schattauer. With just 500 metres to go, Rohan attacked from behind to overtake Schattauer and hold him off to win by just two seconds.

Meanwhile, Derek Cunningham from the Bray Wheelers Cycling Club scored a magnificent victory in the inaugural outing of the Falling Leaves Classic staged in the Woodenbridge area of Co Wicklow yesterday.

Motorsport

At the end of of a tremendous duel lasting from start to finish, Belfast rally driver Derek McGarrity won the Toddsleap.com Ulster International Rally by just 1.1 seconds from Gareth MacHale.

The Dubliner's Focus led at the end of the opening day, but McGarrity's Impreza went ahead next morning and stayed just in front to the finish in Antrim.

Elsewhere, defending world champion Sebastien Loeb won the German Rally for a record eighth consecutive time to extend his lead in the standings to 58 points.

The six-time world title winner led the event from start to finish to win by 51.3 seconds from Citroen C4 WRC team-mate Dani Sordo.

Cricket

England have recalled bowler Tim Bresnan for the final Test against Pakistan at Lord's after defeat at the Oval left the series hanging in the balance.

Bresnan is the only change to the squad that fell to a four-wicket defeat in the third Test on Saturday. England lead the four-match series 2-1.

Athletics

Kenyan David Rudisha broke the men's 800 metres world record that had stood for 13 years yesterday, clocking a time of one minute 41.09 seconds at the ISTAF athletics meeting in the German capital.

Rudisha snatched the world record from Denmark's Wilson Kipketer, who set a mark of 1:41.11 in 1997 in Cologne, Germany.

Tennis

Defending champion Juan Martin Del Potro has announced he will not be fit for the 2010 US Open.

The Argentinian, who defeated Roger Federer in five sets in New York to win his maiden grand slam title last year, has not played since January because of an injury to his right wrist. Del Potro underwent surgery on the problem in May, and confirmed he will not recover in time to compete when the event gets under way on August 30. Women's world number one Serena Williams has also pulled out of the tournament through injury.

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