Sunday 18 February 2018

Britton to miss out on Moscow

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Fionnuala Britton will miss next month's World Championships in Moscow after deciding to take an extended break from competition, WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.

Ireland's double European Cross-Country champion, who won her first track medal at the European Indoor Championships last March, has struggled to regain full fitness since being laid low with a chest infection that ruled her out of the European Team Championships in Santry.

Ciaran O'Lionaird is also out with an Achilles problem, leaving Rob Heffernan to carry Ireland's medal hopes in a particularly small team.

Rising hurdles star Thomas Barr is among those still chasing qualification, and he and Jason Harvey, plus middle distance stars such as Paul Robinson and Mark English, will all be racing in tonight's Morton Games in Santry.

The action starts at 6.0 and culminates with the Morton Mile at 9.0, when American Cory Leslie and Australia's 5,000m champion Cameron Page should lead home those looking to break the magical four-minute barrier. Admission is €10 – U-16s are free.

Meanwhile, Siobhra O'Flaherty (14) from St Leo's, Carlow, won silver in the 3,000m at the European Youth Olympics in the Netherlands, where she clocked a personal best of 9:42.42.


Ireland'S men's team secured the country's best World University Games finish with a comprehensive 3-1 win over the more fancied Ukraine in the fifth/sixth place play-off in Kazan.

Playing their sixth game in 12 days, the Irish continued their fine form and Dylan Mernagh put them ahead in the 17th minute.

The match was played at a frantic pace and both sides had chances before the break.

Ireland's cause was helped on 75 minutes when Sergey Panesenko was sent off for a second bookable offence and within a minute Jonny Addis put them two up.

Barry O'Mahony sealed the deserved win by scoring from the penalty spot on 83 minutes before, on the stroke of full-time, Serhiy Kravchenko scored a consolation goal for the 2007 and 2009 champions.

Meanwhile, France claimed the gold medal by beating Britain 3-2.

Irish Independent

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