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Tuesday 20 March 2018

O'Donovan lands bronze medal


CORK native Paul O'Donovan claimed bronze for Ireland at the World U-23 Rowing Championships in Austria.

The 19-year-old UCD student started the lightweight single sculls final well and stayed in the top three throughout, finishing behind American Andrew Campbell Jr and Franciscus Goutier of Holland.

Denise Walsh finished sixth in the women's lightweight single sculls final.

Irish doubles pairing Killian Carroll (Cork) and Conall McCavitt (Armagh) have come up agonisingly short in their final group game at the World Games in Cali, Colombia.

Team Ireland comfortably saw off France and the UK to set up a winner-takes-all final group clash against tournament favourites USA, who were represented by world champions Timbo Gonzales and Tywan Cook. After a spirited showing, the Irish pair were beaten 15-9 15-13.

Meanwhile, ladies duo Lorraine Havern (Down) and Amy Corrigan (Mayo) reached the semi-finals of their event, losing an agonising 11-9 tiebreaker against the host nation.

IRELAND'S James McGee has clinched a qualifying final round place in the ATP Challenger Tour event in Vancouver.

After receiving a bye in the opening round, No 2 seed McGee romped to a 6-2 6-2 win over Canada 's Aaron Wong to set up a clash against South Africa 's Fritz Wolmarans, who caused a major surprise in dumping out Australia's No 5 seed Luke Saville.

McGee is ranked at 274 compared to Wolmarans' mark of 452.

Dubliner Barry Murphy set a new Irish senior record of 23.65 in the 50m butterfly heats to finish 18th overall at the World Championships in Barcelona.

Murphy beat the previous Irish record of 24.21, which he set himself last month.

Sycerika McMahon was also 18th overall in the 200m individual medley, in a new personal best of 2:14.38.

Fiona Doyle will compete in the 100m breaststroke today, following her qualification for Barcelona as well as winning a silver medal at the World University Games two weeks ago in a national record of 1:07.66 before just missing out on a bronze in the 50m.

Defending champion Ivor McCullough has added another Kirkistown win to his tally, holding off the challenge of Dublin teenager Niall Murray in the Formula Ford 1600 race at the Co Down circuit.

Veteran Dundalk driver Brian Hearty was once again the man to beat in the Formula Sheane race, ahead of Robbie Allen and Kevin Sheane Jnr.

Galway's Derek Deane maintained his unbeaten record in the Five Star Catering National Loose Surface Autocross Championship with his fourth win of the year at Swinford.

Irish Independent

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