Tuesday 26 September 2017

Star Irish duo in record-breaking form

UNIVERSITY games

Weightlifter Kevin D'Arcy (Robert Gordon University) and Archer John Smith (DIT) celebrated success after breaking five Irish records at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.

D'Arcy managed to smash the snatch record of 121kg three times before setting a new Irish record of 130kg during competition. He supplied a further record for total points after he finished the clean and jerk at 158kg to bring his tally to 283 to beat the previous record of 278.

While D'Arcy was delighted to break so many records, he expressed his frustration at not being able to go further.

"I am really happy with my snatch record," he said. "But I got a technical mark in the clean and jerk, so that was set at 153kg and I was disappointed I couldn't take the weights higher."

Smith, meanwhile, finished the men's individual compound in 17th place, but managed to break his previously held record for arrows shot with 144 out of 150.

He was narrowly defeated in the second elimination round by Abhishek Verma from India, but not before Smith broke the record in the first half-hour of competition.

"I am gutted that I didn't do as well as I did last year, but to be able to shoot a new Irish record is something to be proud of," said Smith.

Irish swimmer Karl Burdis celebrated Ireland's highest ranking in the pool by placing 13th in the 50m backstroke heats with a final time of 26.27. Team-mate Fiona Doyle placed 14th in the 200m breaststroke (2:32.50).

Ryan Harrison finished his 100m freestyle heat in 51.39 to place 28th, while Bethany Carson and Niamh O'Sullivan placed 31st and 34th in the 200m freestyle heats.

Amy Foster (UUJ) and Kourosh Foroughi (DCU) have advanced to the finals in the 100m and high jump respectively and Brian Gregan has earned a spot in the 400m semi-final.

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