Monday 24 July 2017

In brief: Walsh and Henry book final berths

Sailing

The opening salvos in the annual ISA All-Ireland Sailing Championships were fired on Cork Harbour yesterday afternoon as the first of eight national title-holders contested the first flight of the annual series.

Nick Walsh of the Royal Cork Yacht Club was well matched against Sligo Yacht Club's Niall Henry, but managed to gain an edge to win the round by one point after three races.

The National 18 and GP14 champions respectively are automatically selected for tomorrow's final.

Third overall in the class, Garrett May, from Howth YC, must await the outcome of flights two and three today before knowing whether his 10 points will be enough to get him into tomorrow's final.

Defending champion Nicholas O'Leary will be sailing in this morning's flight, while his father Anthony, who has yet to win the event, has his flight this afternoon.

Athletics

DESPITE several high-profile withdrawals internationally, Northern Ireland's team will definitely be going to the Commonwealth Games as planned, after receiving assurances yesterday from some of their members who have already taken residence in the allocated accommodation in Delhi.

The board of the Official Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council (NICGC) said that while there are still ongoing concerns about the condition of some of the infrastructure, progress has been made over the last few days and they feel the athletes village will be in suitable condition to receive their bulk of their 114-strong team next Tuesday.

Boxing

IRELAND'S up and coming boxers suffered mixed fortune at the Vojvodina Golden Gloves Youth Multi-Nations Serbia yesterday with four bowing out at the quarter-final stage.

Mike McDonagh, Stephen Broadhurst, with the biggest win of the day, and Chris Blaney all advanced, but there was last-eight disappointment for Steven Tracy, Declan Milligan, Kieron Forde and Khrilil Afanasev.

McDonagh, Broadhurst and Blaney join Chris Phelan -- who received a bye into the last four -- in today's semi-finals, where Phelan will meet Vanji Bacic of Serbia . The Irish quartet are guaranteed bronze medals.

Irish Independent

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