Wednesday 16 January 2019

O'Sullivan takes aim at Olympics

SHOOTING: Ian O'Sullivan from Rathkeale in Co Limerick is aiming for the 2016 Rio Olympics after becoming Ireland's first ever world junior men's trap champion.

Despite an equipment failure which lost him two points, O'Sullivan beat Jack Wallace of Australia 13-11 in the gold medal match at the World Championships in Granada, Spain.

Earlier the pair had met in an equally tense semi-final which went to 13 hits each. In the final, O'Sullivan hit 10 targets in a row.

He comes from a long line of competitive shooters with both his father and grandfather representing Ireland, and began competing at the age of 12.

MODERN PENTATHLON: Olympian Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe became the first Irishman to qualify for a final at the World Championships in Warsaw after he finished third overall in his qualification group.

In the final, a strong performance in the run/shot pulled the UCD student from 24th to 18th place of the 36 qualifiers.

Four Irish competed in the women's competition, although none qualified for the final. Olympian Natalya Coyle - who has made finals in the past - finished 18th, followed by Kate Coleman-Lenehan 23rd, Jenny McGeever 25th and Sive Brassil 27th.

There were promising performances from the women, with McGeever winning the fencing section in her group. In the women's relay, McGeever and Coleman-Lenehan placed 12th.

SWIMMING: With the new bridge now built, today's 95th Liffey Swim returns to its traditional starting point at Watling Street Bridge beside the Guinness brewery. The finish is at the Custom House and spectators are expected to line the walls and bridges of the Liffey to cheer on the 260 men and 111 women who have entered.

Scratch woman off 15 minutes is Rachel Lee of Guinness, while the scratch man off 12 mins 30 secs is Conor Turner of Aer Lingus, Neither is likely to win - this is a handicap race, so expect the unexpected.

Winners last year were Ciarán O'Driscoll of Half Moon and Gina Murphy of Glenalbyn Masters. The winning man gets the Irish Independent Cup, presented to the organisers in 1921.

BADMINTON: Local players did well to win a fistful of medals at the Irish Open U19 Championships which attracted a strong international field to Baldoyle.

Donegal's Rachael Darragh made it to the women's singles final where she lost out to Swiss Ronja Stern, who also took the women's doubles title with Chantal von Totz. Darragh, meanwhile, paired up with Paul Reynolds to win the mixed doubles, beating fellow Irish pair Norman Lau and Megan Bredin.

In the men's doubles, the English pairing of George Priestman and Nathan Rossiter beat a mixed Irish/French pairing of Sam McKay and Louis Ducrot.

In the Irish U15 Open,Brian O'Mahony and Rachael Woods won the singles.

TABLE TENNIS: World doubles champion Teresa Devaney leads the Irish team at this weekend's Veterans Table Tennis Six Nations in Scotland.

Devaney will defend her women's singles title, and also competes in the over-50 doubles with Helena Dennett.

Dave Pemberton and Kevin McKay are aiming for victory in the over 50 men's doubles having previously won at this venue.

At home, the National Basketball Arena is the venue for the first junior classification tournament of the season.

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