Ireland duo come undone at Worlds
Ireland were squeezed out of the running at the World Championships in Slovenia where the Irish women rowers featured in the openweight double and lightweight single heats.
After a promising World Cup season together, Sanita Puspure and Lisa Dilleen were well in contention but as the second quarter of the 2,000m race unfolded their plan came unstuck. Winners Magdalena Fularczyk and Julia Michalska of Poland -- last year's bronze medallists -- were unstoppable in the lead and Ireland were eventually defeated, finishing fifth.
Meanwhile, Sarah Dolan in the lightweight single finished fifth when facing world U-23 champion Katherine Copeland in her opening heat. Coleraine-born athlete Alan Campbell, who has been Britain's leading sculler for several years, was untroubled in his opening heat of the men's singles, winning comfortably to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Ireland's three-day eventing team missed an Olympic qualifying spot by just 7.5 penalty points at the European Championships in Luhmuehlen, Germany yesterday.
The two team places went to the fourth-placed Swedes and the silver medallists from France as the already-qualified Germans sensationally scooped team gold along with all the individual medals, while the automatically eligible British took bronze.
Ireland were fighting a rearguard action when lying eighth of the 11 competing nations after dressage. Sam Watson and Horseware Bushman (50.20) and Jayne Doherty and The Only One (51.00) produced the best team dressage marks, but both had expensive refusals in Saturday's cross-country phase
However, Joseph Murphy (Electric Cruise) and Mark Kyle (Coolio) excelled in the cross-country section and pulled the team up three places going into yesterday's show jumping decider. Ireland's eventing team can now only qualify for the Games through the Olympic rider rankings.
Dubliner Gavin Moynihan enjoyed a magical final day of the Jacques Leglise Trophy match in Spain to help Great Britain and Ireland wrest the silverware out of the hands of Europe.
Moynihan won both his matches to finish with two and a half points out of a possible four as GB and Ireland stormed to a convincing 14.5-9.5 success in the two-day contest -- and they will defend at Portmarnock next summer. Ballymena teenager Dermot McElroy and captain David Boote, the Welsh Boys champion, gained a half to give Great Britain and Ireland, who had led overnight, a commanding position at 10-6 going into the last singles session.
This was Great Britain and Ireland's 35th win in 44 matches against Europe.
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