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Sunday 19 August 2018

Athletics: Quinn bucks DSD dominance as Sweeney swoops double

Rising Waterford distance star Shane Quinn was the only person able to stop Dundrum South Dublin (DSD) completing a gold medal sweep at the Woodies AAI Inter-Club Cross-Country Championships in Santry.

The tall Ferrybank teenager, whose style is so reminiscent of his steeplechasing father, Brendan, was a comfortable winner of the national junior title, which his dad also won back in 1978. But the rest of the day's golds, including every team title, went to DSD.

The senior men's 12,000m was a romp for Joe Sweeney, who came home almost a full minute clear in 38:40, lapping many of the 124-strong field. As he had won the inter-counties before Christmas, Sweeney became the first man to complete a national cross-country double since Seamus Power in 2004. "That's definitely the icing on the cake," said the rangy Dubliner.

DSD's Irish-born but British-based Ava Hutchinson was equally delighted to win her first Irish title in the senior women's events, while Siofra Cléirigh-Buttner put in another stunning gun-to-tape dash to win the junior girls.

BOXING: Ross Hickey was celebrating on the double at Friday's Elite National Championships finals night after claiming the 64kg title and picking up the Boxer of the Tournament award at the National Stadium in Dublin -- while the biggest upset of the night was 17-year-old Joe Ward's 81kg win over Ken Egan.

GOLF: England's Luke Donald is up to a career-high third in the world, but what means most to him today is that he is a winner in America again after victory over new world number one Martin Kaymer at the World Match Play Championship in Arizona last night.

BOXING: Tributes have poured in for Irish coach Austin Carruth, who passed away on Saturday. Carruth helped steer numerous young boxers to Irish and international honours from the Drimnagh Boxing Club in Dublin. He also guided his son Michael to the 1992 Olympic title -- Ireland's only boxing gold medal at Olympic level.

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