Friday 19 January 2018

In-form Evans must pass Latvian test to progress in Baku

Scott Evans took a second win in his badminton qualifying group at the European Games
Scott Evans took a second win in his badminton qualifying group at the European Games

Dave Hooper

Scott Evans yesterday made it two wins from two in his badminton qualifying group, defeating Yuhan Tan 14-21, 21-13, 21-13 ahead his final group game today against Lativan Krausz.

Chloe Magee regained touching distance in her challenge - winning her second group game (21-9, 21-7)over Austrian Kristine Sefre. Magee faces Lianne Tan of Belgium in her final group game today.

Magee continued her mixed doubles 100pc record with brother Sam, winning their second game of the competition against Lithunian pair Bartusis and Fomkinaite, their final group game takes place today against Polish pair Cali and Sadowski.

Josh Magee and Sam Magee got back on track in the men's doubles with victory over Portuguese pair Ricardo and Angelo Silva 15-6, 6-21. They face must win game against Czech's Florian and Kopriva today.

Rachel Darragh and Sara Boyle ladies group game 19-21, 18-21 to Baumann and Fontaine of France and are all but out of Baku 2015.

Niamh Dwyer's last second two pointer wasn't enough for the women's 3x3 basketball team, who lost their opening group game to Slovenia by 10 points to 14. They play two games tomorrow against Spain and Slovakia.

Mona McSharry missed out on the women's 50 metre breaststroke final, finishing eighth in the semi-final in 33.00 seconds having come through her heat in 32.87 seconds. Emma Reid finished seventh in her 200m butterfly semi-final, missing out on the final, having qualified through the morning's heat.

Otherwise there was no luck for the army of Irish swimmers. Benjamin Doyle, James Brown, Alan Corby, Rory McEvoy, Rachel Bethel, Niamh Kilgallen and Baguley all made first round exits in yesterday's events. They will make further appearances over the week.

Irish Independent

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