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Budapest Bronze for coyle

MODERN PENTATHLON: Olympian Natalya Coyle (pictured) began 2015 with a bang, winning her first international medal at the Hungarian Indoor Open in Budapest.

After the fencing, Coyle was in 14th place, but she soon moved up the rankings with a personal best 2 mins 16.48 secs for the 200m freestyle and a clear round in the show jumping. A fourth fastest time in the combined run/shoot pushed her into the bronze medal position.

A day later, Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe just lost out on a second medal for Ireland, when he collapsed from sheer exhaustion within sight of the line and was passed for third place. Qualification for Rio 2016 begins in June

TEN-PIN BOWLING: Amanda Larkin of Ireland not only finished first woman at the Irish Ten-Pin Bowling Open at Leisureplex Stillorgan, Dublin, but made it to the semi-finals overall.

For the first time, men and women competed together with Brian Voss beating fellow American Ron Hunt in the final. Larkin had beaten England's Lisa John to make the semi-finals, then she lost to Hunt. Missing out on a semi-final place by just three points was Ireland's Paul Stott.

BADMINTON: Owen Marron and Moya Ryan took the singles title at the Leinster Open held in Terenure, Dublin. In a thrilling men's final, Marron took three sets to beat 14-year-old Nhat Nguyen. Moya Ryan won her first senior title when she beat Petra Rosolova in the women's decider.

Ciaran and Sineád Chambers won the mixed doubles, beating Tony Murphy and Jennie King-Magee. Chambers then paired up with Magee to win the women's doubles, while in the men's doubles, Daniel Magee and Niall Tierney successfully defended their title.

DARTS: Schoolboy James O'Toole, aged 17, won the Irish Youth Matchplay title in Tramore when he beat Stephen Rosney 4-3 in a close final. Both players qualify for the PDC World Youth Championship in Wigan England next October. In the men's open singles, Mick Meaney beat youth player Stephen Lennon 6-2. Kay O'Carroll won the women's singles, beating Robyn Byrne, another promising young palyer, 4-2 in the final.

TABLE TENNIS: England players Darius Knight and Charlotte Carey won the singles at the Munster Table Tennis Open in Cork's Neptune Stadium. Knight beat Ryan Jenkins of Wales in a thrilling men's final, while Carey got the better of Irish No 1 Hannah Dawson Lynch. It was a good weekend for Carey who won three titles - she took the doubles with Leinster's Katie McGlone and the mixed doubles with Gavin Maguire of UCD.


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