Monday 25 September 2017

Swimming: Hyland storms into medal frame

Tallaght's Brendan Hyland followed in the wake of team-mate Sarah Kelly when he qualified for the equivalent final of the 200m butterfly at the European Junior Championships in Antwerp.

Hyland made it through to today's decider after setting a new Irish junior and senior record of 2:01.75 in the morning heats, before going on to lower the time to 2:00.67 in the last night's semi-finals.

The 17-year-old was the fifth fastest qualifier and has an outside chance of taking a medal.

Cian Duffy (2:04.05) and David O'Sullivan (2:04.16) made the top 16 with personal best times.

Roscommon girl Kelly finished eighth in the final of the 200m 'Fly and the 14-year-old can look ahead to challenging for a medal next year.

In the heats, Curtis Coulter (51.27), NAC swimmer Brian O'Sullivan (51:92) and David Prendergast (52.53) all set personal bests in the 100m freestyle, while Brendan Gibbons knocked a massive 10 seconds off his personal best in the 1500m freestyle, finishing in 16:01.29.

hockey

Paul Revington's reign as Irish men's hockey coach ended yesterday with a humbling 5-0 defeat by Belgium in Belfield, writes David Medcalf.

The South African departs to take up a lucrative contract in charge of Malaysia. During his four years in charge he brought Ireland agonisingly close to Olympic qualification.

Last night his side was undone by a fast-improving side, who did enough to suggest that they could be medal contenders in London.

With four different scorers beating 'keeper Davy Harte in the opening 35 minutes, the game was over as a contest by the break. The winners added just one more in the second half, a cracking shot from John John Dohmen.

Despite the humbling result, the departing coach was given a standing ovation by the crowd and players, convinced that he has left Irish hockey in a better state than he found it.

The Belgians missed out on the Three Nations trophy, which was awarded to South Africa, who beat them 3-2 in the opening match of the tournament.

Ireland -- D Harte, J Jackson, R Gormley, M Watt, C Cargo, J Jermyn, E Magee, S Dowds, C Harte, S Loughrey, T Cockram. Subs: B Doherty, D Cole, Drew Carlisle, J Bruton, D Carson.

Athletics

WORLD champion Yohan Blake trained at the University of Limerick (UL) a week before he stunned Usain Bolt in the 200m and 100m sprints at the Jamaican Olympic Trials in Kingston last week.

World record holder Bolt -- who won gold in the 100m and 200m and 4x400 Relay at the 2008 Olympics -- and Blake are expected to renew their rivalry at London 2012.

"It just goes to show you never know who you might see out there," UL director of sport Dave Mahedy told the 'Limerick Leader', in reference to Blake using the world-class training facilities at the University.

Irish Independent

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