Tuesday 19 September 2017

Sport In brief: Boxing - Double glory for Ginty in Bulgaria

Ireland's Ciara Ginty ahead of her 60kg final in Albena, Bulgaria
Ireland's Ciara Ginty ahead of her 60kg final in Albena, Bulgaria

IRELAND'S Ciara Ginty achieved a memorable double in Albena, Bulgaria on Saturday. The Geesala BC fighter won gold at the AIBA World Women's Youth and Junior Championships and was then presented with the best junior boxer award.

Ginty beat Turkey's Esra Yildiz in the lightweight junior final on a split decision to become the only Irish female boxer besides Katie Taylor to win AIBA world gold.

Cork's Christina Desmond and Mayo's Jacqui Lynch (Golden Gloves BC) took home silver and bronze. Desmond, who boxes out of the Macroom BC, was edged out on a split decision by Kazakhstan orthodox Gauhar Yermekbay in her youth final.

Tennis

Rafael Nadal can reclaim the world No 1 spot if he wins this week's China Open. The Spanaird can usurp Novak Djokovic, who he beat in this month's US Open final, with victory in Beijing.

However, if the Serb fails to make the final, a runner-up spot will be enough to see Nadal return to top spot.

Djokovic won the Australian Open in January before losing to eventual winner Nadal in the French Open. He was then beaten by Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final prior the US Open which has left his ranking under threat.

"I have been having ups and downs throughout this year. It was a quite good season for me, but it's not over," Djokovic said.

Motorsport

Young Rally Driver of the Year Daniel McKenna scored his fourth win in succession in the Rally Two category of Rally Yorkshire to increase his lead in his section of the MSA British Rally Championship.

The Monaghan driver was 12 seconds ahead of Jon Armstrong after a close battle throughout, with his main title rival, Norwegian Steve Rokland, in third place.

Third place in the Omagh Bushwhacker Rally clinched the Valvoline National Forestry Rally title for Corkman Mike O'Brien, while Kevin O'Hara scored a clear win in the Martin Donnelly Memorial race at Kirkistown, the biggest Formula Ford 1600 race in the country.

Dubliner Aron Smith had his best results of the year at Silverstone, finishing second and third in two of the three British Touring Car Championship rounds.

Hockey

Three Rock Rovers roared to the top of the Leinster League with a tense 2-1 victory over UCD, with Johnny Bruton and Mitch Darling scoring the goals.

The result leaves Rovers with maximum points after three games, serving notice that they are likely contenders for top honours come spring.

Meanwhile, in the Ulster league, favourites Banbridge disposed of arch rivals Lisngarvey with the help of a Josh Moffett winner.

On a day of otherwise one-sided fixtures in the Leinster women's league, Erika Hinkson's scrambled effort proved decisive as Old Alexandra beat Hermes 1-0.

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