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Britton advised to break down barriers for London

NEWLY-crowned European Cross Country champion Fionnuala Britton is hoping to qualify for the 5,000 and 10,000m for next year's London Olympics.

The 27-year-old has already qualified in the steeplechase but her coach Chris Jones believes the Wicklow athlete may be more effective on the flat.

Britton, who finished 12th in the final of the steeplechase at the 2007 World Championships, should now abandon the barriers, according to her mentor.

"Fionnuala is best suited to a hard, sustained pace and the barriers in steeplechase just interrupt that," said Jones. "I believe she has much more to gain in sustained endurance events and has really great potential as a 5000 or 10000m runner.

"When things settle down we will be looking for the Olympic qualifying time in one of those distances next May."



Khan: I'll return stronger

AMIR Khan (below right) insists he will treat his controversial split decision defeat against Lamont Peterson as "a learning curve" as he plots his revenge.

Khan produced a sub-standard performance in Washington as he lost his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles to local man Peterson.

"This is all a learning curve," said the philosophical Englishman. "I'll come back stronger. Even Lamont was very shocked that he got the decision. I knew after the 12th round we had won.

"People who were watching and who know what the fight was all about will know that I'll come back stronger. That's why I want the rematch straight away."



Seahawks soar past Rams

AN inspired defensive effort guided the Seattle Seahawks to a 30-13 victory over the St Louis Rams last night that continued their strong second half to the season.

Seattle (6-7) stifled the Rams' attack from the outset and never trailed, as they reversed their early-season troubles and won for the fourth time in five games.

"This is what we live for, what we enjoy," Seattle's Doug Baldwin said after catching a touchdown pass and blocking a punt in the victory.

Baldwin's blocked punt was returned by Michael Robinson 17 yards for a touchdown, before kicker Steven Hauschka added the first of his three field goals to give the home team a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.



Trump reveals Masters plan

JUDD Trump sounded an ominous warning to his snooker rivals by insisting he planned to get even better after being crowned UK champion on Sunday night.

Now the 22-year-old has the Masters and World Championship titles in his sights. "The Masters has always been a great tournament and I've only ever played in it once, so it's nice not having to qualify for it," he said.

"I'm looking forward to the World Championship but there's a long way until then."


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