Saturday 17 March 2018

Kearney battles to bronze medal


IRELAND'S top judoka Lisa Kearney won a bronze medal at the Common-wealth Games in Glasgow.

The Belfast athlete forced Canada's Audree Francis-Methot to submit with 32 seconds remaining.

Kearney (25) then bowed out to England's Kelly Edwards in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Aileen Reid finished sixth in the triathlon.

The men's event was won by reigning Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee, 11 seconds ahead of his brother Jonny.

"Now I've done everything I've wanted to do in my career," said Brownlee, who has also won the World and European titles.

"I don't know what to do now. Maybe I should retire!"

Armagh's Conor Murphy was 12th.

Shaneen Flynn blasted her way into the European Youth and Junior Championships 54kg final with a thrilling win in Assisi.

The Crumlin BC dynamo overcame the height advantage of Italy's Matilde Cammarota and a harsh public warning for dropping her head to earn a unanimous decision.

Flynn will meet Russia's Anastashia Artamonova in Sunday's Junior bantamweight decider.

Shauna Blaney, Shannon Reilly and Aoife Burke had to settle for bronze after losing yesterday.

Irish Youths Lauren Hogan, Kristina O'Hara, Amy Broadhurst and Cheyanne O'Neill will be in semi-final action tomorrow. Today is a rest day.

Ireland have named their dressage team for next month's World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

James Connor (Casino Royal), Anna Merveldt (Vancouver), Judy Reynolds (Vancouver K) and Roland Tong (Pompidou) will line out, while Dane Rawlins (Sydney) is reserve.

Meanwhile, Mayo's Michael Duffy has been selected to represent Ireland at the Youth Olympic Games in China next month.

Emma O'Hara's best of 56.25m in the hammer final saw her finish 11th at the World Junior Championships in Oregon.

Despite a new 200m personal best of 24:15 for Kilkenny's Cliodhna Manning, none of Ireland's young 200m sprinters made it through qualifying. Manning, like Marcus Lawler (21:58) and Zac Irwin (21:78), was fourth in her heat, while Ferrybank's Niamh McNichol was sixth (25:38).

Irish Independent

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