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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21:  Florence Bell of Ireland in action during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Florence Bell of Ireland in action during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Florence Bell of Ireland in action during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

AFTER a promising first run, Irish skier Florence Bell failed to finish in the slalom competition in Sochi.

The Birmingham-based teenager was 55th after the first round, 15 seconds slower than the leader, as 24 competitors crashed out before the finish line.

Bell went out early in the second round, which meant she failed to finish in both her events – slalom and giant slalom – on her Olympic debut.

America's world champion Mikaela Shiffrin, who is only18, became the youngest women's Olympic slalom champion, surviving a second-round wobble to beat Austria's Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel to top spot on the podium.

HANLEY AND BREEN HIT MARK

SHANE BREEN and Cameron Hanley were both in the money on the opening day of the Longines Hong Kong Masters, WRITES LOUISE PARKES

With $1m up for grabs, the event has attracted a stellar field and Breen galloped into runners-up spot in the opening speed event with Farao van T Vennehof, which stopped the clock just 0.15 seconds slower than Cristallo A under winning Frenchman Julien Epaillard.

There was €33,500 in prize money on offer here and Breen claimed €6,700 of it and, with €100,000 on offer in the following Speed Challenge, Hanley's sixth-place finish bagged a tidy €4,000.

Meanwhile, Corkman Shane Sweetnam continued his good run of form at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida with another speed victory on Cyklon.

DE VILLIERS CLASS PROPELS PROTEAS

Twin centuries from AB de Villiers and JP Duminy put South Africa in the driving seat on day two of the second Test against Australia at Port Elizabeth.

Resuming on 214-5 and with an expected new ball barrage to survive in the morning, the Proteas needed substantial knocks from their two overnight batsman and duly got them.

De Villiers compiled a classy 116, while Duminy outscored him with a battling 123 from No 7. That saw South Africa to 423 all out.

The Baggy Greens subsided to 112-4 in reply, despite David Warner's near run-a-ball 65 not out.

Irish Independent