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Irish riders out of running at Euros

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Published 19/08/2011 | 05:00

Irish riders Anna Merveldt and Judy Reynolds went out of contention when slotting into 43rd and 57th places respectively at the FEI European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam yesterday.

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Italian-based Merveldt scored 66.231 with Coryolano, while German-based Reynolds and Remember collected a mark of 62.614; however, a score above 68pc was required to make it through to tomorrow's top-30 Grand Prix Special, from which the best 15 will progress to Sunday's Freestyle finale.

The Irish riders must now attempt to qualify for the London Olympic Games through improved results over the winter months.

Yesterday's competition brought the team championship to a close and it was a historic first ever gold for the British side of Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin, Emile Faurie and Laura Bechtolsheimer who produced a clean, clear victory over Germany in silver medal position, while the defending champions from Holland had to settle for bronze.

boxing

ADAM Nolan has been added to the Irish Elite squad for their training camp camp in Assisi, Italy.

The Bray BC welterweight, the reigning Irish Elite champion has flown out to Italy with the team.

Nolan's Bray BC team-mate Katie Taylor, the reigning World and European champion, is also included in the Irish team for Assisi.

The Irish squad will train and spar with Italy, the Ukraine and Azerbaijan as part of their preparations for the AIBA World Championships.

The championships, which will act as the first major qualifier for the 2012 Olympics, will begin in Baku, Azerbaijan next month.

The IABA Boxing Council is due to ratify its team for the World Championships at a meeting at the National Stadium tomorrow morning.

tennis

World No 2 Rafa Nadal scraped into the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Open after beating fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-6 6-7 7-6 in a fierce battle yesterday.

The contest lasted lasted three hours and 38 minutes in gruelling heat and was decided by a mistake-filled third tie-break.

Nadal, who gave up three match points in the decisive tie-break, finally finished off a determined Verdasco, despite never quite finding his rhythm.

Nadal will face Mardy Fish in the quarter-finals after the American beat France's Richard Gasquet 7-5 7-5.

Britain's Andy Murray had an easier route into the last eight with a relatively comfortable 6-2 7-5 win over American qualifier Alex Bogomolov.

The win gave Murray revenge for his defeat to Moscow-born Bogomolov in Miami earlier this year. Czech Tomas Berdych easily dealt with Spain's Nicolas Almagro 6-2 6-2.

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