Sunday 25 February 2018

Blake ready for Olympics

Yohan Blake warmed up for the London Olympics when recording a time of 9.85 seconds to win the 100 meters in Lucerne last night. It was his first competitive race since beating Usain Bolt twice at the Jamaican Olympic trials.

Blake was far from the fastest out of the blocks, but powered through the field with legal wind assistance of 1.6 meters per second. Jamaica team-mate Michael Frater was second in 10.00.

"Definitely I am on the right path for the Olympics," the 21-year-old world champion said. "This is where I am supposed to be. I want to remain unbeaten and that's what I am doing."

Blake chose the low-key Spitzen Leichtathletik meeting to make what is expected to be his only appearance between the trials and the London Games.

He lowered the Lucerne record of 9.86 set by fellow Jamaican Nesta Carter two years ago.

BOXING

IRELAND and the USA Junior Olympic squad shared the spoils in a 6-6 draw on the opening day of the Veles Cup Round Robin in the Oblast region of Russia yesterday.

Jason McKay, a silver medal winner at the recent European Junior Championships, Gary Cully, Conor Byrne, Mike McDonagh, Jack Connelly and Mike Gallagher all secured victories for Ireland.

Conor Wallace, boxing in the 66kg class, lost out on a countback to John Williams, following a 5-5 tie. Russia, who meet Ireland today, and Germany are also competing at the tournament.

The Russians, who claimed the lion's share of the gold medals at the 2012 European Juniors, beat Germany 13-0 yesterday.

GOLF

IRELAND have their best-ever chance of lifting the Women's World Amateur Team title for the Espirito Santo Trophy in Turkey in September following yesterday's team announcement.

The Irish selectors have gone for the talented Slieve Russell teenage twin sisters Leona and Lisa Maguire and the newly crowned British ladies champion Stephanie Meadow.

Inconsistency has dogged the Maguires' season so far, but when they click they can be devastating and a match for anyone.

The world championships are a 72-hole stroke-play affair, with two of the three cards counting each day.

Korea are the defending champions when the event visits the Grove Club at Antalya in Turkey from September 27-30. Ireland finished joint 11th at the 2010 contest, with the Maguires and Danielle McVeigh representing them.

Irish Independent

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