Monday 23 October 2017

Equestrian: Lennon purrs to another success

Showjumper Dermott Lennon underpinned his sensational return to the top end of the sport when winning his second Mercedes of the weekend at 3-Star Geesteren in Holland.

The Irishman, who clinched the World Title in 2002 with Liscalgot, has been in great form and has found another great mare in Loughview Lou-Lou, the pair scooping the Grand Prix title and a Class CLA Mercedes, having already bagged a Class A model Mercedes when winning Friday night's Qualifier at the Dutch event.

At Wettenhall 3-Star in England, Corkman Billy Twomey also rounded up a double with Diaghalev when following his win on Friday night with victory in the Charles Stanley British Masters, in which Sligo's Richard Howley and Camiro de Haar Z finished a close second.

At Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Conor Swail and Lansdowne lined up second behind America's Reed Kessler in the Queen Elizabeth ll Cup. Swail also took third with Game Ready in the TD Cup, while Darragh Kerins and E Muze K finished third in the Lafarge Cup.

The 2013 Spring Tour champion Daniel Coyle won the fourth leg of the TRM/Horseware Premier League series with Athlet van't Lozerhof at Omagh, pipping the ever-consistent Peter Smyth and Victoria Rose.

And at Kilguikey in Mallow, eventing husband and wife Michael and Patricia Ryan from Bandon took the top two placings in the CIC 2-Star with Ballylynch Wizard and Tullineaskey Hi Ho.

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Irish athletes blitzed the field at the Waterways Ireland triAthlone Junior European Cup claiming three podium positions.

Junior World bronze medallist Con Doherty took top spot in the Elite Junior Men's race followed by Intervarsity National champion Chris Mintern in second.

Emma Sharkey from Belfast was delighted to take bronze in the Elite Junior Women's race despite a fall from the bike.

Emma Sharkey led the charge for the females while Con Doherty, Chris Mintern, Aaron O'Brien, Kieran Jackson, Aichlinn O'Reilly and Harry Speers were representing Ireland in the junior men's field.

Brian Gregan (DCU), Ciara Everard (UCD) and Amy Foster (UUJ) all qualified to their semi-finals in the first day of action for Ireland at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

Gregan won his heat in 46.68 and was second fastest qualifier overall ahead of today's 400m semi-finals.

Everard recorded a personal best outdoors of 2:04.34 when finishing third in her 800m heat and Foster was second in her 100m heat in 11.60 seconds.

Trevor Delaney from Carrickmacross led the main race almost all the way at Mondello Park to win the Dunlop Formula Vee Festival.

After a four-car battle for most of the race, Delaney withstood fierce pressure to take the chequered flag less than half a second ahead of Adam MacAulay, with veteran Ray Moore and newcomer Sean Newsome close behind.

Dubliner Derek Tohill increased his lead in the European Touring Car Rallycross Championship by scoring his second win of the year in the final at Holjes, in Sweden, at the wheel of his Fiesta.

This leaves him with a clear margin of 21 points over his main championship rival Roman Castoral of the Czech Republic, who finished third.

Eddie Dunbar, representing Stena Ireland in the Martin Donnelly Junior, was the overall winner after six stages in Co Clare.

Dunbar won the third stage with a solo effort and bagged an advantage of over two minutes. And yesterday, he was supreme.

The final stage from Ennis to Gallows Hill close to the village of Cratloe was a stop and go effort over the 86km route. But it was the energy-sapping climb that was the difference between Dunbar and the rest of the competitors.

He held back until the final kilometres of the last stage before launching himself towards his second victory.

Irish Independent

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