Sunday 17 December 2017

Athletics: World record for Heffernan

IRISH Olympian Robert Heffernan set a world masters record of 11:11.94 for the 3,000m walk at the Cork City Sports, where rising Limerick star Sarah Lavin broke the Irish junior 100m hurdles record for the third time this season.

Lavin (19) took a tenth of a second off her previous lifetime when she finished fourth in the senior international field in 13.36 seconds.

Kildare's Paul Robinson ran a personal best in the mile, where he finished fourth in 3:56.18, while David McCarthy (3:57.85) was also among the six men to break four minutes in the race.

Waterford's Thomas Barr set a new Irish U-23 record for the 400m hurdles when he finished second to South Africa's Cornel Fredericks in 50 seconds flat.

IRELAND'S participants are guaranteed at least 13 bronze medals at the EU Women's Senior, Youth and Junior Championships in Hungary – and Katie Taylor hasn't even stepped into the ring yet.

Taylor, who turned 26 yesterday, meets Hungary's Benke Sara today in her first tournament bout since winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics.

The Bray woman, who received a bye into the last eight in Keszthely, is aiming for her fifth successive lightweight title by the shores of Lake Balaton.

Meanwhile, Kristina O'Hara, Cathy Higgins, Christine Gargan, current European Junior champion Amy Broadhurst, Christine Desmond and Ciara Ginty all won their Youth and Junior quarter-finals yesterday.

All six are guaranteed at least bronze, but there were mixed fortunes for the seniors, with Dervla Duffy advancing, but Michaela Walsh losing to Germany's AIBA World Youth champion Ornella Wahner.

LEICESTER director of rugby Richard Cockerill has been suspended for nine games by an English RFU disciplinary panel after he was found guilty of using words that were "obscene, inappropriate and unprofessional" during the Aviva Premiership final.

The charge related to the events in the clash between Leicester and Northampton when the Tigers boss reacted to a tackle and left his seat to discuss the incident with fourth official Stuart Terheege.

Cockerill had pleaded not guilty to the charge, but the RFU panel banned him until November 3. He was also ordered to pay £500 costs.

Irish Independent

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