Saturday 18 November 2017

In Brieg: King avenges singles defeat


IRELAND'S Barry King exacted revenge for his shock singles defeat in the first round of qualifying of the ITF Men's Futures event in Sarajevo with a doubles victory over the man who beat him.

Top-seed King crashed out to Bosnian Franjo Raspudic on Monday, but yesterday the new Davis Cup cap and fellow Dubliner James McGee scored an emphatic 6-4 6-1 win over Raspudic and Zlatan Kadric.

Colin O'Brien, dropped in favour of King for next month's Davis Cup clash with Turkey, and Croatia's Ante Pavic lost 6-2 2-6 7-10 to Martin Emmrich and Andreas Siljestrom.

David Gillick will open his indoor season over 400m at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday.

Gillick is up against Ricardo Chambers of Jamaica and the USA's Jamaal Torrance.

Derval O'Rourke will line up in the 60m hurdles against Britain's world champion heptathlete Jessica Ennis.

In-form Kelly Proper will face some top athletes in the long-jump, including Yargelis Savigne of Cuba.

Brian Gregan of Clonliffe Harriers achieved the qualification standard for next month's World Indoor Championships when he shaved nearly a second off his 400m personal best in Vienna on Tuesday.

EU middleweight champion Darren O'Neill is taking advantage of a break from teaching to put the finishing touches to his title defence at tomorrow's National Elite Men's Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin.

O'Neill works at Donaghmede school and admits he hasn't been studying the opposition.

He said: "I'm just focusing on my own training and performance, but I won't be taking anyone or anything for granted as there will be some top-class boxers entering my division."

Benoît Vaugrenard of the Française des Jeux's team eclipsed Alberto Contador in the final 1,000 metres of 157.5kms of racing to win the first stage of the Tour of the Algarve yesterday.

Vaugrenard had a five-second advantage on the line over the chasing bunch.

The An Post/Sean Kelly Team all finished in the main group: Mark Cassidy was 76th, with David O'Loughlin 82nd and Ronan McLoughlin 123rd.

Irish Independent

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