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Arklow hit the heights in Kingdom!

ROWING: More than 2,700 rowers competed at last weekend's Irish Coastal Rowing Championships on Lough Currane, 
Waterville, Co Kerry.

Crews from Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford, as well as Donegal, Antrim, Belfast, Cork 
and Kerry took to the waters in the standard 'One Design' fibreglass boat which is used for the championships.

This boat is particularly popular in Munster rowing, so it was no surprise when Munster crews dominated the competition. In the senior men's race, Killorglin Rowing Club took an early lead and beat Courtmacsherry and Kilmacsimon RC for a Munster clean sweep. Killorglin also won the senior women's race, beating Sneem and Arklow crews.

Fibreglass boats are not common along the Leinster coast, but Arklow did well at the championships. Cormac Kelly won the men's singles, while Arklow crews won the women's pre-veteran race and finished second of the junior women. Dublin club St Patrick's won the heritage race in their traditional wooden skiff.

Eimear Lambe of the Commercial club in Dublin finished 11th of the 24 competitors in the junior single sculls at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in China earlier this week. The 17-year-old oarswoman took fifth in the B final.

SWIMMING: Irish international swimmer Chris Bryan opted to swim the gruelling 25km open water race at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin, Germany just days after racing in the 10km.

In his debut over the longer distance, Bryan finished a respectable ninth in 5 hours 12 minutes and 40 seconds. He was in contention for bronze medal until the final 2.5km lap.

Coming up on Saturday, September 13 is the 95th annual Liffey Swim - the highlight of the open water season.

TRIATHLON: Irish long distance triathlete Eimear Mullan has won the Embrunman title in the Alps near Briancon, France - the biggest win of her career.

Mullen completed the 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run in a time of 11 hrs 29 mins 37 secs and took home a cheque for €18,000. The Ironman distance course included a breath-taking 2,360 metre climb at the Col d'Izard. Mullen finished third last year.

Expect delays on the roads around the Phoenix Park and Islandbridge tomorrow morning, where the Vodafone Dublin City Triathlon is taking place. The race traditionally attracts the best in the sport. Retired Olympian Gavin Noble was a regular and indeed won the race in both 2012 and 2013.

BADMINTON: National Badminton Week from September 8-14 will launch the new season, with open days and events throughout the country. All badminton clubs welcome social as well as competitive newcomers.

At the European Transplant Games in Krakow, Poland, 16-year-old Andrew Duncan of Tipperary - the baby of the team - took a silver medal in the 18-29 age group. He also won bronze in the doubles with team captain Harry Ward from Baldoyle.

TABLE TENNIS: Over a hundred players are expected at Tallaght's National Basketball Arena next weekend for the opening National Senior Classification tournament of the season.

Players will have a chance to blow away the cobwebs at Saturday's round-robin competition.

The top six men and three women will qualify to play for ranking points on Sunday.

Current Irish men's No 1 is John Murphy, with Hannah Dawson the women's No 1.


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