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Proctor makes a splash in Liffey

SWIMMING: A combination of cold weather and an extra 600m to the new finish at O'Casey Bridge took its toll at the 91st Dublin City Council Liffey Swim, with some of the backmarkers needing more than an hour to complete the watery 2.4km journey.

First home in the men's race was Declan Proctor of Eastern Bay. Second was Sean Kenna of St Vincent's with Michael O'Kane of Westwood third.

First woman was Maria Quintanilla, a Spaniard swimming for Dublin Bay SC, who held off Joan Barron of St Vincent's and Sinead Tyrell from the Garda club in the final stages of the race. Tyrell, with a time of 26 minutes 58 seconds, was the fastest swimmer on the day.

More than 200 men and 100 women took the plunge with ages ranging from 12 to 70.

ROWING: Ireland's adaptive rowing crew qualified for next year's Paralympic Games in London when they made the final at the World Championships in Bled, Slovenia.

They also improved on their own Irish record with a time of 3:32.63 seconds for the 1000m distance.

In the final, the Irish finished fifth behind the dominant British crew. The crew of Anne-Marie McDaid, Sarah Caffrey, Shane Ryan and Kevin du Toit with cox Helen Arbuthnot now take a few weeks' break before resuming training.

Ireland's women's double scull and lightweight women's double scull were also attempting London 2012 qualification but didn't make it.

They have a second chance at next year's final qualification regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland in May.

POOL: Despite less than ideal preparations, Dubliner Fred Dinsmore took a bronze medal at the World 9-Ball Wheelchair Pool Championships in Poland.

Dinsmore, a three times world champion, beat British player Roy Kimberly twice and whitewashed local favourite Leszek Blumczynski 7-0 in the elimination rounds.

With his only loss coming at the hands of old rival Kurt Deklerck from Belgium, he made it into the semi-finals and so was guaranteed a medal.

He then came up against Finnish player Jouni Tahti and never recovered from a slow start, losing 4-9.

BADMINTON: Home players are expected the dominate the Mount Pleasant Badminton Open tomorrow in Dublin's Ranelagh.

With Chloe Magee competing abroad, Jennie King is top seed in both the women's singles and doubles where she pairs up with Keelin Fox.

Dan Magee and Niall Tierney are seeded to win the men's doubles, while Magee and Fiona Glennon are favourites for the mixed doubles. Top seed in the men's singles is Scott Burnside from Lisburn.

SQUASH: Myron Evans proved best of the Irish at the European Masters Squash Championships in Porto, Portugal, when he finished runner-up in the over-70 age group. Barbara Sanderson proved best of the women taking bronze in the women's over-60 age group.

Sutton player Eoin Ryan made a shock exit in the men's over-40 quarter-finals when he lost to German player Andreas Omlor in a see-saw match that went to five sets.

Ciaran McCoy went out in the men's over-35 quarter-finals.