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Loughnane foiled in Park bid

ATHLETICS: Olive Loughnane had to settle for second, in 1:31.44, behind China's Liu Hong (1:29.44) -- who took bronze behind her at World Championships two years ago -- in yesterday's Dublin Grand Prix of Race Walking in the Phoenix Park.

Fellow Olympian Robert Heffernan pulled out of the men's 20km after 6km as a precaution due to a tight hamstring.

There were three new Irish junior records at the Woodies DIY Junior and U-23 Championships in Tullamore. Dempsey McGuigan (Finn Valley) first broke Killian Barry's junior hammer record when he threw 66.71m in the fourth round, but Barry took gold by producing another record (68.38m) in the fifth.

Ferrybank's Cara Kennedy improved her own national junior hammer record of 56.54m with an impressive new mark of 57.98m.

Westport's Caoimhe King also improved her own record in the triple-jump with a leap of 12.63m, and rising 400m star Joanna Mills (Ballymena and Antrim AC) set a new personal best of 54.20, well inside the 55.00 standard for European Juniors.

Irish Independent