Friday 27 April 2018

Sport in brief: Paul Robinson just misses out on bronze at European under-23 Championships

Robinson misses out on bronze

THERE was heartbreak for Kildare middle distance runner Paul Robinson in Finland where he was just pipped for a bronze medal at the European U-23 Championships in Tampere, writes Cliona Foley.

Robinson had impressed by winning his 1,500m semi-final and covered every move to stay in the mix in yesterday's tactical final which was marked by a slow build-up before a massive dust-up over the final 300m.

He was still third rounding the final bend but overtaken by Spain's Alberto Imedio in the final straight to finish fourth in 3:45.12. Belgium's Pieter Jan Hannes won in 3:43.83, followed by Britain's Charlie Grice (3:44.41) and Imedio took bronze in 3:44.65.

Next best of the Irish was Conor McCullough's sixth place in the hammer final. He threw 71.49m in the third round but he just came up short on the day.

Three races in three days proved too much for 400m hurdles star Thomas Barr. The Waterford hurdler did brilliantly to break 50 seconds for the first time to make the final but finished eighth in 50:11 in a race won by Serbia's Emir Bekric in 48:76.

The Irish men's 4x400m team of Dara Kervick, Jason Harvey, Richard Morrissey and Mark English were unlucky. Finishing sixth in their semi in 3:07.71 meant they didn't make the final but had they been in the other heat they would have gone through as it was won by Russia's 3:09.33.

IRELAND'S swimmers finished off their campaign at the European junior championships in Poznan, Poland, with another record-breaking performance, writes mark o'driscoll.

Mary Kate McDowell, Sarah Kelly, Laoise Fleming and Clodagh Flood set a new national junior record of 8:32.65 for the 4x200m freestyle relay in last night's final when they finished seventh.

In the 50m butterfly, Lydia Kehoe, Dearbhail McNamara and Sarah Kelly clocked a personal bests of 28.95, 30.00 and 30.37.

At the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, Fiona Doyle will bid to make the final of the 50m breaststroke today. On Saturday night, she made the semi-finals of the 200m breaststroke, clocking 2:32.21 after qualifying with a time of 2:32.84.

Also on Saturday, Andrew Meegan set his fourth Irish record when he took over three seconds off the 800m freestyle best, clocking 8:07.37.

London-based Donegal driver Declan Boyle and his cousin Brian increased their stranglehold on this year's Dunlop National Rally Championship by taking their Impreza WRC to their fourth win from five rounds in Sligo yesterday, writes Paul Phelan.

They were the clear winners of the Sligo Park Hotel Stages Rally, finishing more than a minute ahead of Niall Maguire and co-driver Enda Sherry despite the rally being shortened from nine stages to six when the extreme heat caused problems with the road surface in places.

An early challenge for the lead from Donagh Kelly ended on the third stage when his Focus went off the road, while the casualty list also included the Darrian of James Stafford and Arthur Kierans' Escort. The Moffett brothers, Sam and Josh, took the top two places in the Group N Production class and finished third and fourth overall, while Jonathan Pringle's Escort took fifth position and was the highest placed two-wheel-drive car home.

Irish Independent

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