Monday 11 December 2017

In Brief: Mixed fortunes for Heffernans

athletics: Rob Heffernan was the star attraction at yesterday's Woodie's DIY Senior National Indoor championships in Athlone IT.

Heffernan was a clear winner of the 5,000 metres walk in 19.13.03 from Quentin Rew of New Zealand in what was a mixed day for the Heffernan household as wife and fellow London 2012 Olympian, Marian was disqualified from the 400 metres.

"It's a very solid time, it's tough on my own as I nearly lapped the field," said Heffernan afterwards. "I don't train for 5k, I am aiming for the 50k at the World Championships in Moscow.''

City of Lisburn's Amy Foster achieved the European qualifying standard by clocking 7.33 in the women's 60 metres.

European Team gold medallist Lizzie Lee added the national 3,000 metre title to her growing medal collection, clocking 9.45.63, outside the standard for a trip to Gothenburg.

Laura Reynolds took the first national gold medal in the new Athlone arena when a convincing winner in the women's 3,000 metre walk in 13:05:84, 25 seconds clear of Alicia Boylan.


Derval O'Rourke has put herself firmly in line to win a fifth medal in a major championships following a highly satisfying performance in the 60 metres hurdles at the UK Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham yesterday.

O'Rourke, up against a world-class field, was involved in a blanket finish and clocked 8.15 which left her just behind the winner (8.11), American Danielle Carruthers but ahead of two women who will be in the Europeans.

What was most impressive about O'Rourke's performance was how she matched her opponents off the blocks and up to the 50m point and with another race today in the Irish Championships in Athlone the Cork star is sure to be sharper for her European challenge.

Steve Scullion became the third runner to achieve the qualifying standard for the Euro 3,000m when he ran a lifetime best of 7:58.11 while Tori Pena equalled her Irish pole vault record when clearing 4.45m in Arizona.


BOXING: The penultimate weekend of the Elite National Championships has yielded a third Joe Ward versus Kenny Egan light-heavyweight final.

Egan, who was beaten by Ward in the 2011 and 2012 finals, beat Davey Joe Joyce last night to book his ticket into an unprecedented 13th final since 2001.

George Bates surprised four-time Elite champion David Oliver Joyce in the lightweight class. Bates took all three rounds of this duel and will now meet Belfast's Sean McComb for the vacant 60kg crown.

Ex Elite champion Roy Sheahan helped the St Michael's Athy club bounce back for their earlier reversals with a countback victory over Derry middleweight Conor Coyle. All three rounds were shared before Sheahan won on on accepted scores..


HOckey: The Leinster Women's League clash betweeen joint leaders UCD and Railway Union lived up to its billing after the excitment went all the way to the death before finishing in a thrilling 4-4 draw.

UCD, with their six current internationals, must have felt they had the game won after leading 3-0 at half time. But Railway's second-half fightback was the abiding memory as they levelled the contest with a last-minute equaliser from Kate Lloyd.


cricket: Pakistan ended day three of an evenly-poised second test in Cape Town 112 runs ahead of South Africa with seven second-innings wickets intact.

South Africa recovered from 139 for five overnight to 326, a deficit of 12, after Robin Peterson made 84 to add to AB de Villiers' 61.

Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander then each struck in their first over to leave Pakistan seven for two but Azhar Ali and Misbah-ul-Haq led the fightback, putting on 55 to see them to 100 for three at close.


snooker: A century in the deciding frame saw Stuart Bingham win a high-class Welsh Open semi-final against Ding Junhui.

Bingham led 2-0 and 4-2 before Ding surged back to take a 5-4 lead. But Bingham responded with breaks of 93 and 108 to set up a final against either Judd Trump or Steven Maguire.


BASKETBALL: It was a an emotional night for Marian's Niall Meaney, who played his last home game at Belfield gym prior to departing to Kenya to work at the end of the season.

Meaney's 20-year association with the club ensured UCD's biggest turnout of the season, as they defeated Moycullen 77-55 – in a game which saw Dan James top score with 24 points.

Meanwhile, the big Dublin northside derby between Vincent's and Killester finished 76-71 to Killester.

Vincent's trailed by a point with 1.26 left on the clock but were turnovered under the Killester baskets – with Michael Bonaparte then registering a three-point play at the other end.

Elswhere, DCU Saints are to appeal Basketball Ireland's decision not to award them a walkover against Dublin Inter last week – after Inter were re-admitted into the league on Tuesday.


TENNIS: Juan Martin del Potro reached his second straight final at the ABN AMRO World Tournament in Rotterdam yesterday, beating rising Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-4.

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