Friday 23 February 2018

Sport in brief: Martin Fagan pondering Dublin Marathon

Martin Fagan, left, races Freddy Keronsittuk to the line to win the Terenure 5 mile road race, Terenure, Dublin
Martin Fagan, left, races Freddy Keronsittuk to the line to win the Terenure 5 mile road race, Terenure, Dublin

MARTIN Fagan's efforts to redeem himself after his EPO ban disgrace continued with victory in the Terenure 5 Mile road race in Dublin.

It was Fagan's third road race back since completing a two-year suspension and the most high-profile yet. He continued his 100pc record since returning by pipping Kenyan Ferddy Koronsittuk on the line, with both athletes given the same time, eight seconds ahead of Gary Murray.

The Mullingar athlete, who has admitted that "some people will always look at me as the guy who cheated" got a warm reception at the prize-giving afterwards and may yet dip his foot back into marathon running in Dublin in the autumn.

Veteran star Catherina McKiernan continued her great form by winning the women's race comfortably in 27 minutes and 40 seconds, 22 clear of Raheny's Fiona Roche (28:02).

Siofra Clerigh Buttner of Colaiste Iosagain capped her Leinster schools athletics career with a new senior 800m record at the Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships in Santry.

She finished over 12 seconds clear in 2.7:03, more than two seconds inside the previous record. Two hours later, she won the 1500m.

Harry Purcell was the surprise winner of the senior boys' 800m, beating Danny Lawlor of Pres Carlow on the line. He then won his specialist 400m, and, in the final race of the day, helped Castleknock College to relay gold.

Katie Taylor will finish off preparations for her European title defence in Germany this week.

The AIBA World No 1 is in Halle with the Irish Elite male squad ahead of the opening bell for the Women's European Championships in Romania on May 31. Taylor will be aiming for her sixth successive European lightweight gold.

Chloe Magee reached two finals at the Hellas Open in Greece, in the singles and the mixed doubles, with her brother Sam.

Former champion Owen Murphy made it two wins from two starts as he and co-driver James O'Brien led all the way in the ALMC Wicklow Forestry Stages Rally, round 3 of the Valvoline National Championship.

Josh Moffett and Jason McKenna were second.

Craig Breen was out of luck in the Azores as his first-day lead counted for nothing when his Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16 was forced to retire, while still leading, with electrical problems.

Killian Carroll picked up the biggest win of his career when he won the Canadian Nationals Open Singles title with a 21-16, 21-17 win over American No 1 Luis Moreno.

The Mallow man teamed with Tyrone's Conor McElduff to take the Open Doubles title.

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