Tuesday 16 July 2019

Healy makes impressive comeback

Phil Healy. Photo: Sportsfile
Phil Healy. Photo: Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Ireland's fastest woman made a superb return to form at the World University Games in Naples, Italy yesterday - Phil Healy clocking an impressive 23.46 in the 200m heats.

The Waterford IT student suffered a fractured bone in her foot in a freak accident while on a training camp in Malta just 12 weeks ago, and faced a race against time to recover her fitness to take her place in Naples.

Síofra Cléirigh-Buttner was the sole Irish finalist on the track so far, the 23-year-old Dubliner finishing seventh in the women's 800m last night in 2:03.02.

The race was won by Australia's Catriona Bisset in 2:01.20. Marcus Lawler finished second in his 200m heat in 20.76, while Sarah Lavin advanced to the 100m hurdles semi-finals after clocking 13.32 in the heats.

There was heartbreak for the Irish women's soccer team, which lost 5-0 to North Korea in the semi-final. They will be back in action tomorrow evening in the bronze medal match.

In taekwondo, Jack Woolley bowed out in the round of 16 yesterday, having come through the round of 32 earlier in the day. In archery both Daniel Foley and Niamh Merry won their opening ties but both suffered defeats in the round of 32. Roisín Mooney was eliminated in the round of 24 by Australia's Belinda Maxworthy.

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