Canoe: Craig makes sure of London spot
IRISH canoeist Hannah Craig qualified for the London Olympics yesterday by finishing 25th in the first round of the K1 class at the World Championships in Augsburg, Germany, in which her Irish team-mates Helen Barnes and Aisling Conlan were 38th and 40th respectively.
Ireland's top two men's K1 paddlers, Eoin Rheinisch (fourth at the last Olympics) and Ciaran Heurteau, both compete in the semi-finals today battling to win Ireland a place in the men's Olympic event.
Meanwhile, Irish Olympic sailors Peter O'Leary and David Burrows finished just one place out of the medals at the Star class World Championships in Hyeres, France yesterday.
The Cork/Dublin combo were lying third going into the last race and yesterday's 14th place left them fourth overall of the 72 crews.
With show-jumping team managers using the Superleague FEI Nations Cup series as a testing ground for Olympic contenders, Ireland finished equal-fifth in the opening leg of the 2012 series at La Baule, France, yesterday, writes Louise Parkes.
Drawn second of the eight competing nations, the defending champions' hopes were raised with an opening clear from Shane Sweetnam and Amaretto Darco.
But Jessica Kuerten's gelding, Vincente, and Cian O'Connor's top ride, Blue Loyd, hit the first element of the troublesome triple combination while Kuerten also picked up a time fault.
When anchorman Denis Lynch and Lantinus lowered the second element of the same fence the Irish were lying sixth, carrying an eight-fault score at the halfway stage.
Kuerten and O'Connor went clear second time out, but with single errors from Sweetnam and Lynch the total of 12 faults proved only good enough for a fifth alongside the British and Swiss.
Belgium's Gregory Wathelet and Holland's Albert Voorn went into a third-round head-to-head, in which Wathelet produced the quickest four-fault effort to clinch it.
KEN EGAN had to settle for bronze at the Algirdas Socikas Multi-Nations in Kaunas, Lithuania, after pulling out injured last night, writes Bernard O'Neill.
Egan was to meet Aussie 2012 Olympian Damien Hooper, whom he beat in the Olympic Test Event last December, but picked up a neck injury in his win over Denmark's Jim Anderson.
"The neck was very stiff after Thursday's win and there was no point risking any further injury," said the Neilstown BC southpaw.
Chris Phelan and Jason Quigley both advanced to today's finals following last-four decisions over Lithuania's Marius Vysniaukas and Mantas Balciauskas yesterday evening.
But Eric Donovan lost to Russia's Ruslan Kamilov and Philip Sutcliffe and John Joe Joyce were beaten 14-9 and 11-7 by Aussie 2012 Olympians Jeff Horne and Cameron Hammond.