Saturday 18 November 2017

In Brief: Roberston cruises to Open crownsnooker

Neil Robertson celebrated his new status as world number one by sweeping aside an in-form Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final of the 12bet.com World Open in Glasgow.

The Australian continued his perfect record in world ranking event finals to claim his sixth tournament success with a 5-1 victory.

The world champion potted confidently to beat clear favourite O'Sullivan, who had excelled in the shorter-match format throughout the tournament at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.

MOTORSPORT

Keith Cronin from Ballylickey retained the British Rally title by finishing third in International Rally Yorkshire in his Pirelli TEG Sport Subaru Impreza.

The 24-year-old Corkman only needed to finish seventh on Saturday to ensure another championship, and drove well within himself to take third place, just over a minute behind winner and former champion, Welsh veteran Gwyndaf Evans.

In a great result for Irish crews, Alastair Fisher and Rory Kennedy finished second, with young Monaghan pairing Daniel McKenna and Andrew Grennan taking a tremendous fourth place on only their second rally at this level, in a hired Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9.

ATHLETICS

FRESH from seventh place in last week's Great North Run half-marathon, Martin Fagan won yesterday's Rathfarnham 5km road race in a record time of 13 minutes 54 seconds -- knocking two seconds off the course record held by DSD's Robert Connolly.

Another DSD man, Joe Sweeney, was second in 14:15 ahead of young Donore star John Travers (14:18).

Fagan's former Providence College team-mate Mary Cullen (North Sligo), now living and training in Dublin, looked very impressive when winning the women's race in 15:41, well clear of Finn Valley's Teresa McGloin (16:22) and Raheny's Patricia Wlodarczyk (16:58).

ROWING

Reigning single sculls rowing champion Sean Jacob, of UCD Boat Club, retained his title at the National Rowing Championships in Cork.

Jacob had a comfortable win, finishing nine seconds ahead of second-placed Richard Coakley of Skibbereen, making it his third championship win in this event.

In the women's single scull, Old Collegian BC's Sanita Puspure also defended her title, beating Tribesmen's Siobhan McCrohan into second place, with Orla Hayes of Skibbereen third and Monika Dukarska of Killorglin fourth.

BOXING

Irish middleweight Chris Blaney claimed gold and the boxer of the tournament award at the 11-nation Vojvodina Golden Gloves Youth Multi-Nations in Novi Sad, Serbia yesterday. Kildare flyweight Chris Phelan also finished on top of the podium.

Irish Independent

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