Monday 18 December 2017

Eamon Sweeney: Brady shows the world who's boss

Eamonn Sweeney

Paul Brady's dominance of handball means we tend to take him for granted. So the remarkable nature of his fourth world title in a row probably hasn't been sufficiently recognised.

The championships only take place every three years which means the Cavan man's wins came in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012. He's ruled his sport for a decade. There are very few performers in any sport who can say that.

More importantly, the idea that the worlds are just the Irish Championships by another name was disproven by the identity of Brady's final opponent. The Americans call Mexican-born Arizona-based Luis Moreno 'The Natural,' because he was first ranked world professional number one when he was just 19. Five years later, they still regard him as the king of professional handball.

And when Moreno raced in to a 13-2 lead over Brady at the CityWest Arena, it looked as though the torch was being passed. Brady mounted a comeback but trailed 19-14 in the first set. And then, as he has always done at the world championships, he found something extra, eking out a 21-19 victory as the crowd went bonkers. A dispirited Moreno was swept aside 21-10 in the second set. There's only one real king and he comes from Mullahoran.

So let's not underestimate Paul Brady or the sport he represents. Mighty people. Mighty game.

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