Thursday 22 June 2017

Thorpe off pace on return to action

SWIMMING

Australia's Ian Thorpe finished seventh in the 100m individual medley final at the World Cup event in Singapore yesterday on his comeback to competitive swimming.

The 29-year-old, a freestyle specialist with five Olympic gold medals to his name, finished second in his heat in a time of 56.74 seconds to qualify sixth fastest for the final.

And though he improved his time to 56.33 in the final, he could do no better than seventh as South Africa's Chad le Clos won in 53.06.

Thorpe quit the sport in 2006 but recently announced his intention to come back with the aim of competing at next year's London Olympics.

"It hasn't been too bad, I'm not embarrassed yet," Thorpe said after the final. "I'm still smiling. Test me when I get to Japan, I may not be then."

CRICKET

Shane Warne is reportedly set to come out of retirement to play Twenty20 cricket in Australia's Big Bash League.

The 42-year-old -- whose glittering career had ended at the Indian Premier League (IPL) in May -- will sign for the Melbourne Stars franchise next week, according to insiders.

Warne tweeted yesterday that he is "seriously considering coming out of retirement" for the Twenty20 competition.

He retired from international cricket in January 2007 after taking 708 Test wickets, but continued to captain and coach Rajasthan Royals in the IPL's first four seasons.

Rugby

The Melbourne brothers were in opposition in a rousing battle at Dooradoyle, and it was the younger of the siblings, Neville, who was celebrating at the final whistle as Young Munster eked out a 10-6 win over Garryowen.

The victory moved Young Munster to the top of the table after a pulsating clash.

A try by scrum-half Mike Prendergast 10 minutes from the end made all the difference and, while both sides squandered chances, Young Munster just about deserved it.

In Division 1B, prop Dave Kilcoyne scored the only try of a keenly contested local derby at Kilballyowen last night, as UL Bohemian ground out a 25-12 victory over Bruff.

athletics

AMSTERDAM will host the 2016 European Athletics Championships. Istanbul and Split were also in contention but the European Athletics Council chose the Dutch city yesterday.

The European T&F Championships now have a two-year cycle and the next edition is in Helsinki next summer (June 27-July 1), followed by the 2014 championships in Zurich.

Belgrade has been selected to host the 2013 European Cross-Countries. This year's European Cross-Country takes place in Velenje, Slovenia next month and the 2012 championships are in Budapest.

Irish Independent

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