Saturday 16 December 2017

Cleirigh-Buttner suffers rare defeat

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

RISING Irish distance star Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner suffered a rare defeat in the Aviva Schools SIAB Cross-Country Internationals at Greenmount, Antrim where a rampant England team almost did a clean sweep of the titles.

The Dublin schoolgirl, who runs for Dundrum South Dublin AC, fought it out bravely with England's Jessica Judd in the opening lap of the intermediate race but eventually had to settle for fourth and a silver team medal as England had six of the first seven home.

Cleirigh-Buttner's was still the best individual performance for Ireland, who had to settle for team runner-up medals in all four races.

The next best individual placings were ninth places for Shane McGowan and Ella Fennelly in the junior events.

Scotland's Ahmed Sharrif Hassan stopped England's clean sweep by outsprinting James McMurray to win the intermediate boys' title and a great finish from Paulos Asgodom reversed last week's English Schools result when he beat team-mate Thomas Holden to win junior boys.

Irish Independent

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