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Boon' time for Evans!

BADMINTON: Irish No 1 Scott Evans (pictured, below), fresh from his victory at the Brazil Grand Prix in Rio, will face world No 14 Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the opening round of the men's singles at badminton's World Championships later this month.

Ireland has three players inside the world's top 64 making them automatic qualifiers for this year's championships starting in Copenhagen on Monday, August 25.

None have easy draws. In the women's singles, Chloe Magee plays former world top-10 player Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong, with the winner facing No 2 seed Shixian Wang of China. 

In the opening round of the mixed doubles, Magee and brother Sam play former world No 5 Hung Ling Chen of Chinese Taipei with his 
new partner, Wen Hsing Cheng.

The trio hope that good results in Copenhagen will set them up for a strong showing at the European Team Champion-ships qualifier in Dublin next November.

CANOEING: Irish Olympic paddler Andrzej Jezierski finished 17th overall in the C1 men's 2000m at the World Spring Canoe Championships in Moscow last weekend.

Jezierski, who is based in Cork, failed to make the final and finished eighth in the B decider.

In the kayak classes, Michael Fitzsimons and Barry Watkins finished 19th overall in the Olympic class K2 1,000m after winning the C final. Peter Egan and Simas Dobrovolski were seventh in their K2 200m semi-final, also an Olympic class.

In the women's K1 200m, Jennifer Egan finished eighth in her semi-final. Egan was also 11th in the non-Olympic 5,000m race, while Jenny Burke finished fourth in the non-Olympic K1 1000m B final.

SQUASH: David Ryan of Sutton and Belfast's Michael Craig both went out in the third round of the boys' singles at the World Junior Championships in Windhoek, Namibia.

Ryan had taken five games to beat David Baillargeon of Canada in round two, but then lost to Ehab Abouaish of Egypt.

Craig had carved out an equally hard-fought victory against the American David Hsue to make the third round. Against Darren Chan Ti Luun of Malaysia, he won the first two games before his opponent took control of the match.

Cillian Dunne narrowly lost to Juan Segundao Barreyso of Argentina in the second round while Nikita Gilevskiy went out to English player Patrick Rooney in the first round.

TRIATHLON: Cian O'Leary and Roisin Neary were the winners of the Cycle Superstore Wicklow Mountains' Sprint Triathlon - a 750m swim, 22km cycle and 7.5km run.

O'Reilly led from the off and his time of 1 hrs 36 mins 51 secs put him well clear of Donnacha Kiely in second, who had the fastest cycle time of the day. Neary finished ninth overall, with local woman Salome Gamble second.

Scheduled for September 13 over a new course based in Glendalough is the Beast of the East Olympic distance triathlon. See 
www.thebeastoftheeast.ie.

SURFING: Multiple Irish champion Easkey Britton is planning to set up Iran's first ever surfing club in the port town of Chabahar on the Makran Coast.

In 2011, Britton became the first women ever to surf in Iran and it is the women of Chalabra who will run the new club aimed at teaching girls - and boys - to surf.


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