Wednesday 21 February 2018

Swimming: Hyland surges to another Irish record

Brendan Hyland, Tallaght swimming club, on his way to winning the Men's 200m Butterfly A Final at the 2014 Irish Long Course National Championships
Brendan Hyland, Tallaght swimming club, on his way to winning the Men's 200m Butterfly A Final at the 2014 Irish Long Course National Championships

BRENDAN HYLAND continued his great form in 2014 at the Irish Long Course Championships in the National Aquatic Centre with another record-breaking swim.

Hyland, who qualified for the European Long Course Championships in February, followed that up with a national best of 1:58.68 for the 200m butterfly to win gold. Silver went to Galway's Cian Duffy in 2:04.43.

Antoinette Neamt was also in fantastic form, securing gold in the women's 800m and 200m freestyle. The 13-year-old from Tallaght blitzed the field in the 800m to touch in 8:46.23, over 20 seconds ahead of Portmarnock's Therese Corry.

Michael Dawson and Curtis Coulter both clocked nomination times for the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games team. Coulter led his Ards team to victory in the 4x100m freestyle relay and his lead-off time of 50.32 sealed his place for Glasgow. Dawson clocked his nomination time in the semi-finals of the 50m breaststroke in 29.01.

Barry Murphy won the decider in 28.14 ahead of Nicholas Quinn 29.54, with Dawson and Dan Sweeney tied for bronze in 29.24.

O'SULLIVAN STRUGGLES AS PERRY EDGES AHEAD

Ronnie O'Sullivan was second best to Joe Perry in the opening session of their World Championship second-round match.

The 38-year-old five-time world champion trailed 4-1, before reducing the deficit to 5-3 in this best-of-25 frame clash.

The defending champion appeared to be finding fluency in a decisive 75 break to move to within a single frame of Perry at 4-3. However, a break of 99 from Perry checked the progress of 'The Rocket' and gave the 39-year-old the edge for when play resumes this afternoon.

Yesterday's other second round match saw Mark Selby establish a lead over Ali Carter, with the margin again 5-3, with Carter taking the last two frames of the session including a century break in the last.

Earlier, 2010 champion Neil Robertson posted the tournament's highest break of 140 as he wrapped up a 10-2 victory in his first round match against Robbie Williams.

Dominic Dale secured a first win at the Crucible since 2000 in the remaining first-round tie, turning an overnight 7-2 advantage over Mark Davis into a 10-5 success.

He will face Michael Wasley, ranked 73 in the world, in the second round.

Irish Independent

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