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English fifth at the Juniors

ATHLETICS: Mark English produced another world-class performance in the 800m final at the World Junior Athletics Championships in Barcelona yesterday, but it wasn't enough to get a medal.

The Letterkenny teenager produced his second fastest time ever (1:46:02) but was fifth in a blistering race won in a new championship record of 1:43.79 by Botswana's Nigel Amos.

English reached the final after getting one of two fastest loser spots from Saturday's semi-finals when he was fourth in 1:47.77 but he saved his best performance for the final and was not far off his lifetime best of 1:45.7.

Hot Joyce pedals to glory in Mayo

CYCLING: Colin Joyce of the American-based Hot Tubes team landed the overall prize in the 35th edition of the International Junior Tour, which finished yesterday after six days of racing in the Castlebar area of Co Mayo.

Overnight, the Idaho resident with a link to Belmullet was ahead of White Curtis, also of Hot Tubes, by 33 seconds and the closest Irish challenger was Cormac Clarke of the StenaLine Ireland team, who was 49 seconds back.

Lambe squeezed out of podium

ROWING: Ireland's Claire Lambe sculled the race of her life at the World U-23 Championships in Lithuania only to miss a podium finish by a narrow margin.

The UCD athlete was almost four seconds off the pace after 500m, but a strong push in the next quarter brought her into second place at halfway, and in a race for the line, Anna Ioannou of Cyprus snatched the bronze.

O'Sullivan gets WBO ultimatum

BOXING: Gary O'Sullivan has been handed a 120-day ultimatum to defend his new WBO International middleweight title after earning a unanimous decision over Manchester's Matthew Hall on Saturday's undercard at Upton Park.

Cluskey seeing double in Italy

TENNIS: Ireland's James Cluskey will have to focus on the doubles event after exiting in the singles qualifying round on the Italian ATP Challenger Tour circuit.