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Killian Carroll. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

Killian Carroll. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

Killian Carroll. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

The top seeds in the men's open singles division at the World Handball Championships safely negotiated the round of 16 last night in Minneapolis, with no major upsets as the competition heats up.

Cork's Killian Carroll survived an early scare against New York-based Mayo native Stephen Cooney, rallying from 18-13 down to close out the first game 21-19 and riding his momentum to a comfortable victory in the second game, which took all of just 17 minutes.

Carroll, the No 1 seed, was razor sharp in the second as he cruised to a 21-5 win with an impressive two-handed offence and precise serving at the University of Minnesota.

Clare's Diarmuid Nash had a straightforward win over Mexican Daniel Cordova, with Westmeath's Robbie McCarthy beating Californian Vic Perez 21-18, 21-12.

Meanwhile, in an all-Irish clash, Galway's reigning All-Ireland champion Martin Mulkerrins had too much power for Wicklow's Michael Gregan, with Paul Brady blitzing Eric Torres of Los Angeles, conqueror of Tyrone's Darragh Daly in the previous round.

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