Thursday 5 December 2019

In brief: Dundrum apology for underage gaffe

Athletics

Dundrum South Dublin Athletics Club last night issued a statement apologising to Athletics Ireland following the controversy concerning the 14-year-old Siofra Clerigh-Buttner, winner of the junior girls title at the National Cross-Country Championships on Sunday.

According to the rules an athlete must be at least 16 to compete in the 6,000m event but this was overlooked when her entry was filed by the club.

Clerigh-Buttner is expected to challenge for a gold medal in the Irish Schools and Colleges Cross-Country Championships in Cork on Saturday.

Cycling

Nicolas Roche made a valiant effort to win the first road stage of the Paris-Nice race yesterday.

The Irishman had avoided all the mayhem of the closing stages and with three kilometres to go, launched an all-out attack for victory in Contres after 203kms.

However, the Ag2r rider was overhauled by Greg Henderson of Team Sky and had to settle for sixth place. Overnight leader Lars Boom, a former cyclo-cross world champion, was in a group 17 seconds ahead of the main bunch, which was fragmented because of the winds. Ireland's Daniel Martin finished in 63rd place.

Tennis

British tennis authorities have vowed to be "swift and decisive" in their response to the Davis Cup humiliation in Lithuania -- but denied reports they have approached Greg Rusedski about taking over the captaincy from John Lloyd.

Lloyd became the first GB skipper to oversee five consecutive defeats as his side slumped to a 3-2 loss at the hands of a country with only three world-ranked singles players.

Britain face a home relegation play-off against Turkey in July to avoid dropping into Europe/Africa Zone Group III -- alongside the likes of San Marino and Andorra.

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