Saturday 18 November 2017

Kelly reaches butterfly final

ROSCOMMON'S Sarah Kelly continued the recent success of Irish swimming when she qualified for the 200m butterfly final at the European Junior Championships in Antwerp.

Following Grainne Murphy in 2010 and Sycerika McMahon last year, Kelly is in illustrious company by making a European junior final, qualifying in eighth in a new PB of 2:17.54.

Tallaght's Clodagh Flood was also in action in the girls 200m butterfly semi-final. Flood had a PB in the heats, finishing in 2:19.36, but was unable to improve on her time, clocking 2:20.31 in the semi-final.

ATHLETICS

Oscar Pistorius will become the first amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics after being selected for South Africa's individual and 400m relay teams.

Double amputee Pistorius, known as the 'Blade Runner' due to the prosthetic carbon fibre limbs he uses, thought his chances of appearing solo in the Games ended when he finished short of the Olympic 'A' standard in the Africa Championships on Friday.

But his fortunes took a turn when he was named in his country's 4x400m team and was later promoted to the individual race as well.

CRICKET

IRELAND and Afghanistan were forced to share the points at Clontarf yesterday when the reserve day for their 2015 World Cup qualifier proved as wet and frustrating as the first.

The teams will return to Castle Avenue this morning hoping for more luck with part two of the 50-over double bill.

There was a rainbow at Edgbaston yesterday evening, but no crock of gold for England as their ambitions of being top of the one-day rankings was ruined by the English weather.

Alastair Cook's side needed to beat Australia 5-0 to reach No 1, but that is no longer possible after yesterday's NatWest Series match was abandoned. England lead the series 2-0.

GOLF

MALLOW'S Michael Collins leads the way on four-under-par at the end of the opening day of the Audi Cork Irish Masters at Fota Island, one shot ahead of Dan Seymour.

Hockey

A last-minute equaliser from South Africa's Thornton McDade took the gloss off a fine Irish performance at Belfield in last night's 3-3 draw.

The Irish looked good after a John Jermyn penalty and a Brian Doherty corner had them 2-1 up at half-time. Ian Haley nicked a neat shot high to the net with seven minutes left, but the Irish responded with Mikey Watt grabbing a goal before McDade's late intervention.

Irish Independent

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