Saturday 15 December 2018

Henley history for triumphant Ryan

ROWING: Caroline Ryan created rowing history yesterday when she became the first Irish woman ever to win a trophy at Henley Royal Regatta.

The garda sculler, whose year plans centred on a Henley entry, had a one-stone weight advantage when she drew Mathilde Pauls, the British lightweight, in the final.

But her race was delayed by half an hour after thunder and lightning forced all athletes off the water for safety reasons.

When racing resumed, Ryan pulled into an early lead ahead of Pauls. The British star never recovered and Ryan coasted home in calm conditions towards the finish.

"It's fantastic, it's a huge thing, I'm delighted" Ryan said afterwards.

"It was a tough race the whole way down but winning is always great".

But things didn't go so well for Sean Jacob, who got through to the men's singles final for the first time since Sean Drea won the event back in 1975.

Jacob struggled against the pace set by Britain's Ian Lawson, going down by an easy verdict on the line.

Mendis century secures Asia Cup

CRICKET: Spinner Ajantha Mendis claimed six wickets to lead Sri Lanka to an impressive 100-run victory over India in the final of the Asia Cup yesterday.

Mendis (six for 13 from eight overs), who was brought on as early as the 10th over after Virender Sehwag (60) threatened to make quick work of Sri Lanka's target of 273, struck twice in his first over and then picked up four more wickets to help his side bowl out India for 173.

Sanath Jayasuriya had cracked a blistering 125 and put on 131 runs for the fifth wicket with Tillakaratne Dilshan (56) to help Sri Lanka to 273, a target which had seemed inadequate on a placid pitch.

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