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Hayes powers way to the top

POWERLIFTING: Last January, Danielle Hayes took up powerlifting. Eight months on and she is a world champion. After many years spent in the gym, the 26-year-old Dublin schoolteacher's stratospheric rise to the top is something of a shock.

"The World Championships was only my second competition. I had won the 70-80kg title at the National Championships in March. Despite jitters on the day, she performed close to her best at the World Championships, held in Glasgow last weekend.

"The dead lift and the squat are my favourites and were so easy, but I missed 65kg in the bench. That was disappointing." She had still done enough for her first world title.

Hayes has set her eyes on the Irish deadlift record of 158km and on more Irish titles in the spring.

BADMINTON: Both Scott Evans and Chloe Magee made the quarter-finals at the Bitburger Grand Prix in Germany. Evans lost to Kwong Beng Chan of Malaysia in straight sets.

Magee started well in her quarter-final against top seed Nichaon Jindapon of Thailand and although she battled hard, she lost 21-17, 21-17.

Match of the day at the Irish Grade A in Baldoyle was the mixed doubles final where Willie Stevenson and Sylvia Campion took the title. Norman Lau and Sara Boyle were the singles winners with Paul Ennis and Neil O'Flaherty winning the men's doubles.

VOLLEYBALL: Naas Cobras hope to maintain their lead at the top of the women's premier league when they face Ballymun Patriots today.

DVC have a tough away match in Loughrea tomorrow against NUIG Alliance.

The men's premiership sees a critical match between arch rivals Aer Lingus and Ballymun Patriots A today at the Alsaa.

SNOOKER: Rodney Goggins is seeded No 1 for tomorrow's second round of the RIBSA Premier Tour at the Ivy Rooms, Carlow. Also in the top half of the draw are Jason Devaney, Brendan O'Donoghue and TJ Dowling.

SQUASH: Neal Murphy won the M35 title at the Leinster Masters Squash Open in Dublin, beating Ciaran McCoy in the final. Clive Morgan won the M40 title, while Brian Lalor was a surprise M45 winner. Sheryl Abernathy won the W45 title.