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Ireland's Fionnuala Britton on her way to winning bronze in the Women's 3000m Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

Ireland's Fionnuala Britton on her way to winning bronze in the Women's 3000m Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

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Ireland's Fionnuala Britton on her way to winning bronze in the Women's 3000m Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

ATHLETICS: Fionnuala Britton and the Irish women's team at tomorrow's World Cross-Country Championships in Poland will relish the sub-zero temperatures in Bydgoszcz airport.

The conditions are similar to the arctic conditions in Budapest last December when four of them – Britton, Linda Byrne, Ava Hutchinson and Lizzie Lee – brought home that historic European team gold, on top of the Wicklow star retaining her individual title. But this time the Irish will have to face the might of the East Africans.

Live, tomorrow, RTé2 (12.0)

 

Mickelson misses out

GOLF: Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker both missed the cut by a mile on eight-over at the Arnie Palmer Invitational.

FedEx Cup-holder Snedeker at least could attribute back-to-back 76s to ring rust after five weeks out with a rib injury following last month's victory at Pebble Beach.

Mickelson was at a loss to explain a shocking second round 79 which included three sevens, two of them triple-bogeys, just weeks after romping to one of the most comprehensive wins of his illustrious career at Phoenix.

 

Kiradech retains lead

GOLF: Big-hitting Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat birdied his last hole of the day to retain his lead on day two of the weather-hit Malaysian Open.

For the second successive day, thunderstorms led to delays and the Thai had turned in a three-under-par 33 after nine holes of his second round to reach 10 under when it became too dark to continue at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

World number three Luke Donald partially recovered from his opening round of 74 and was even par after seven holes.

Pádraig Harrington, who opened his campaign with a strong 69, was one under through six holes.

South African Charl Schwartzel overcame extreme heat and a late lapse in concentration as he and China's Ashun Wu set the clubhouse target at nine under par with matching 68s.

 

Glory for Irish women

RUGBY: Ireland women's sevens squad secured silverware on their first appearance at the Hong Kong Sevens – winning the Bowl final.

Ireland, with seven of the squad that beat Italy to clinch the Grand Slam last week, lost to South Africa (17-14) and then went down to France (17-9). Next up was a play-off against Hong Kong and they progressed 33-5.

The Bowl final, against an international selection, was played in the heat of the afternoon, but tries from Jenny Murphy and Lynne Cantwell and two conversions from Claire Keohane helped the Irish team secure a 28-0 win.


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