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Green army pull together to bag bronze Drumm's unbeatable in Harbour battle Egan eager to make U23 splash in Spain Farrell bats away Li to clinch cadets' title Perry suffers a surprise defeat in Egypt Murphy shows class in Kilmore triathlon

TUG OF WAR: Ireland finished off their campaign at the World Tug of War Championships in Pretoria, South Africa, with a bronze medal in the 640kg class. With an earlier bronze in the 700kg, and club bronze for Lakehill in the 700kg class, this proved a successful outing for the Irish squad. On the final day of competition, the Irish beat the Swiss in a pull-off for 640kg bronze after losing to eventual winners Netherlands in the semi-finals. Earlier, the Irish had taken a gutsy 700kg bronze when they beat Sweden in a third deciding end. In the 580kg class, the Irish finished fifth.

In the 700kg competition for clubs, Lakehill beat Schongau from Switzerland for Ireland's only medal. Boley did best in 640kg, beating Lakehill in a gruelling 640kg quarter-final and finishing fourth.

Boley also finished fourth in the 580kg class.

There was further success for the Irish when Stephen Blake from Ballygar anchored the Gaztedi team to gold in the the mixed 600kg competition.



Drumm's unbeatable in Harbour battle

SWIMMING: Winner of the men's race at the postponed Harbour Swim in Dun Laoghaire was Shane Drumm of Dun Laoghaire, who overcame a nine minute 45 second handicap to finish in 37 mins 34 secs. Seamus Stacey of NUIM was four seconds behind, with ESB's Luke Dowling third. Lisa Howley of Glenalbyn Masters won the women's race, holding off ESB's Lucy Dowling and Joanna Hamilton from Wicklow.

A day earlier, Dowling had won the women's 5km at the Great Leinster Swim in Lough Dan, Co Wicklow. Dowling's time of 63 mins 59 secs put her a minute ahead of Niamh McDonnell from Aer Lingus. Edward O'Neill of Aer Lingus won the men's 5k in 60 mins 2 secs, with Stacey of NUIM second. Over 10k, the first home was Chris Bryan of Ennis is 1:54.27, with Glenabyn's Lucy Gaynor first woman in 2:16.33.



Egan eager to make U23 splash in Spain

CANOEING: Jenny Egan of Salmon Leap is hoping to take an U23 medal at the World Marathon Canoeing Championships, which starts today in Banyoles, Spain. She faces a tough 22km course in Spain. More recently, the DCU student was spun out of the 5k race at the European Sprint Championships after a mid-race hit.

Also competing in Banyoles is Egan's brother Peter in senior K1 and Liam Banks of Salmon Leap and Anthony Forristal from Thomastown in junior K1. In junior K2, Sean McCarthy with Adam Sweeney, and Joe Murphy with Tom Brennan will aim to make the top 10.



Farrell bats away Li to clinch cadets' title

TABLE TENNIS: Eastpoint's Ryan Farrell beat Shi Zhao Li of Club Donic to win a thrilling cadet boys' final at the STIGA Junior Table Tennis Classification in DCU. ALSAA's Sam Logue had a comfortable win over Ashley Robinson from Ulster in the junior boys' final. Irish senior champion Ashley Givan from Clogher was in sparkling form when she beat Mayo's Sarah Timlin in the junior girls' final. Balgriffin's Meadhbh Slattery won the cadet girls' title, beating Ulster's Emma Ludlow.



Perry suffers a surprise defeat in Egypt

SQUASH: Madeline Perry suffered a surprise defeat when she lost to Australian player Kasey Brown in the second round of the World Women's Squash Open in Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt. In the opening round, Perry had taken 49 minutes to beat Malaysian player Delia Arnold. The match against Brown proved even longer, lasting 100 minutes before Kasey finally won 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8. In the opening round, Irish No2 Aisling Blake went out to England's Laura Massaro.



Murphy shows class in Kilmore triathlon

TRIATHLON: In grim weather conditions, Conor Murphy won the Blacksod Point Challenge triathlon in Kilmore, Co Wexford. Describing it as one of the toughest courses in Ireland, Murphy still built up a five-minute lead on his way to victory in two hours two minutes 33 seconds. Best of the women was Aoife Lynch. A week earlier, Murphy had won the over-35 age group at the World Championships in Budapest.


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