Kenneally bags Olympic spot
Published 17/10/2011 | 05:00
Mark Kenneally qualified for the London Olympics by producing a sensational run in the the Amsterdam Marathon yesterday.
The 30-year-old Dubliner clocked a time of 2 hours, 13 minutes, 55 seconds to beat the A qualifying standard by 65 seconds.
A brace from Frank Ryan helped Monkstown to make a prosperous start in the Irish League as they took Instonians apart 4-0 to earn a bonus point.
Leah Ewert popped up to haunt her former Armagh team-mates as UCD opened their campaign in the women's league with an impressive 3-0 win.
Hermes also won by three at the expense of Old Alexandra, while Catholic Institute gave reigning champions Pegasus a test before going down by the odd goal in three.
Dan Martin finished a superb second place in Saturday's Tour of Lombardy, lifting himself into the top 10 of the final World Tour rankings in the process.
The Garmin-Cervelo rider was unable to reel in eventual winner Oliver Zaugg's (Leopard Trek) in the closing kilometres but won the sprint for second -- eight seconds off the lead.
Denis Lynch finished best of the Irish when fifth in the opening round of the Rolex FEI World Cup season at Oslo yesterday.
Riding Lantinus, he was one of 14 through to the jump-off, and although he was clear again at his second attempt, his time was three seconds short of that recorded by the winning combination of Switzerland's Pius Schwizer and Carlina.
Cian O'Connor and his new gelding, Carpe Diem, missed out on the jump-off with just a single first-round error but Billy Twomey retired when, with eight faults already on the board, he discovered Romanov's martingale was broken.
The Irish were in the limelight on Saturday night, however, when John Hickey, riding Cactus, won the dare-devil Bareback Puissance competition in which the wall stood at 2.10m in the fourth round.
Meanwhile in Kiel, Germany, Jessica Kuerten picked up €5,600 when finishing third in the 3-Star Grand Prix riding the Dutch-bred Vincente yesterday.
At home, Peter Smyth and Victoria Rose pipped Edward Doyle and Urelle in the latest leg of the Gain/Alltech Grand Prix League series at the Kildare International Equestrian Centre.
Bernard Hopkins lost his WBC light-heavyweight title in highly controversial circumstances as he suffered a second-round technical knockout to Chad Dawson in Los Angeles.
After a tepid opening round, the two came together late in the second and as Hopkins leaned onto Dawson, the latter lifted the veteran up and dumped him on the canvas.
Hopkins landed on his left shoulder and claimed he was unable to continue. Confusion reigned with a no contest expected -- or even a Hopkins win via disqualification. Yet referee Pat Russell ruled Dawson had not fouled Hopkins, handing the 29-year-old a bizarre victory.
Meanwhile, Russia's Sofya Ochigava and Turkey's Gulsum Tatar have entered Katie Taylor's lightweight category at the European Women's Championships which begin in Rotterdam, Holland, today.
Andy Murray heads Roger Federer in the world rankings for the first time after a triumph at the Shanghai Masters gave him his third title this month.
Murray won 7-5 6-4 against David Ferrer and will rise to No 3 in the new world rankings today, nudging in front of Federer who drops out of the top three after eight years.
MARK Keenan couldn't stop his former Killester charges from making it three from three in Clontarf on Saturday.
His UL Eagles side couldn't get the better of the champions in a 67-59 defeat, which keeps the Dubliners on top of the Northern Conference ahead of fellow northsiders DCU Saints who edged Moycullen 64-62.
Neptune's 104-102 derby win over UCC Demons on Friday keeps them on top down south, while UCD Marian got their first win of the season with a 72-64 win over Belfast Star.
George Tracey dominated the opening round of the new season's National Rallycross Championship at Mondello Park, with his Citroen Xsara Supercar winning both the 'A' final and the Super final, despite a strong challenge from Ian O'Connell's two-wheel-drive Lotus Exige, which also won the Modified 'A' final.
Elsewhere, Dubliner Niall Murray (16) scored a win and a second place in the British Ginetta Junior series at Silverstone. There was just a 10th of a second between the top two each time.