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Hayes and O'Brien on top in 'city'

TRIATHLON: Carolyn Hayes and Aaron O'Brien were the winners of the Vodafone Dublin City Triathlon held in Islandbridge and the Phoenix Park.

O'Brien scorched through the first transition to take the lead on the cycle and after that, couldn't be caught in 2 hrs 3 mins 5 secs.

Hayes, a newcomer to triathlon this season, was women's winner in 2 hrs 15 mins.

Winners of the super sprint race were Simon Cunningham and Ruth O'Donoghue.

More than 1,000 signed up for the race - one of the oldest on the Irish triathlon calendar.

Aileen Reid finished 11th at the World Triathlon in Stockholm. Of the men, Conor Murphy finished 26th and Bryan Keane 41st with Ben Shaw failing to finish.

BADMINTON: Scott Evans' strong performance at the World Championships in Copenhagen ended when he lost to world No 1 and top seed Chong Wei Lee of Malaysia in the last 16.

Evans, on a high after winning the recent Brazilian Open, had luck on his side in these championships. He got a walkover in his first-round match when No 12 seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand withdrew and then beat Austria's David Obernoster 21-7, 21-18 after trailing 10-18 in the second game.

CANOEING: Robert Hendrick finished second in the men's C1 obstacle slalom at the Nanjing Youth Olympics in China. After winning his semi-final comfortably, Hendrick lost out on the gold by just .08 of a second. Hendrick, coached by Olympian Eoin Rheinisch, also competed in the sprint.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Victory over Wales last weekend confirmed the Irish Wolfhounds as inaugural Celtic Nations Champions.

Wales had beaten Scotland and when Ireland beat Scotland in Ashbourne, the title was in the bag. The Irish team still took to the field against Wales determined to make it a clean sweep, and ran out 28-22 winners.

HOCKEY: Leinster U-21 midfielder Sarah Hawkshaw is one of 19 young Irish players signed up for American colleges this season. Hawkshaw, a member of Railway Union, who has also represented Ireland in cross-country and Dublin in junior football, joins another ex-Railway player Cliodhna Loughlin at the University of Massachusetts.

Mount Anville's Phillipa Cotter goes to Boston College, with UCD's Lauren McGrane and Katie Miller of King's Hospital set for Michigan State.

Lisa McCarthy, ex-Railway, is back at Northwestern Uni for a third season, former Alex player Juliet Beatty is in her second year with the Wildcats, while Trish O'Dwyer, another ex-Railway player, is in her graduate year with Monmouth University.

Hannah McDermott, ex-Alex, plays with the Indiana Hoosiers.


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