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Doyle finishes in seventh spot

SWIMMING: Limerick's Fiona Doyle finished seventh in the final of the women's 50m breaststroke yesterday, the last day of competition at the European Swimming championships in Berlin.

Having qualified in sixth place after Saturday's semi-finals, the University of Calgary-based Doyle started the race in lane seven and after a decent start was fourth passing the 25m to go mark.

However, the Irish swimmer couldn't sustain the momentum in the second half of the race and had to be content with seventh in a time of 31.37 seconds, .07 of a second slower than her semi-final swim.

Bolt out of Zurich

ATHLETICS: Usain Bolt has pulled out of the Weltklasse Diamond League meeting in Zurich on Thursday, organisers have announced.

The Jamaican, who clocked 9.98 seconds in Warsaw on Saturday night has opted to bring an early end to his campaign. Zurich had been his last scheduled competition.

A statement from organisers said Bolt's coach Glen Mills was satisfied with his performances on his comeback from the foot injury which had delayed his start to the season, but "feels it is now time to shut it down while he is healthy and injury free with a view on his preparations for the 2015 season".

McGee determined

TENNIS: Ireland's James McGee believes he can "do better" after qualifying for his first grand slam event, the US Open.

The 27-year-old Dubliner came through the final qualifying round in New York over the weekend to set up a meeting with Kazakstan's Aleksandr Nedovyesov, ranked 108 in the world, in the first round proper.

"This is something I've worked for my entire life. I'm absolutely delighted, it's absolutely huge for me," said the Castleknock man. "It really does give me that belief. I think I can do better, to be honest. Let's just wait and see how the next match goes and hopefully I can get the win."

Ginty faces Gonzalez

BOXING: Ciara Ginty will meet Jajiara Gonzalez of the USA in tomorrow's Olympic Youth 60kg final in Nanjing, China.

The Mayo lightweight beat Turkey's Esra Yildiz in the semi-finals yesterday to guarantee Ireland at least a silver medal from the second edition of the Games and set up the gold medal clash with the American.

Cork middleweight Christina Desmond and Donegal heavyweight Michael Gallagher lost on unanimous decisions.


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