Monday 18 February 2019

In Brief: Mega Athens medals haul

SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Team Ireland were in jubilant form after claiming 20 medals on day three of the 2011 Special Olympics in Athens.

The day started with Deirdre Gannon and Mary Quigley winning silver in the Women's doubles bowling event. Joyce Haughian also won silver in a different category of the women's doubles bowling.

In gymnastics, Alan Quinlan scooped four silver medals and a fourth place in the men's Artistic Gymnastics final.

John Michael Gannon won two gold and two silver medals.

Pauline Connell picked up two gold and three silver medals.

Lorraine O' Halloran scooped gold in the 100m freestyle and Mary Gavan won silver in the 100m freestyle, while Peter Oxley came fourth in the 100m freestyle.

In Bocce, Simon Darragh, Oliver Magee, Mary McDermot and Conor Ryan came in fourth.

In equestrian, Steven Yetman won bronze in the dressage event while Conor MacGerailt took fifth place position in the Prix Caprilli competition.

The Men's five-aside football team claimed a 2-0 victory over Cyprus in the first stage.

In the women's event, Ireland beat Italy 3-0.

More Haye jibes

Boxing: David Haye has renewed his taunting of Wladimir Klitschko by claiming the E.coli outbreak in Germany poses more of a threat to him than his opponent's punches.

Haye said: "The German E.coli is more dangerous than Klitschko, without a doubt!

"I can control what Wladimir does but if I get that E.coli, I'm not sure what my defence for it will be like."

The team have brought two vans stocked with organic British produce to feed the WBA heavyweight champion ahead of Saturday's unification fight in Hamburg.

Woods a doubt

Golf: Tiger Woods will play in the Open only if he feels he can win it -- and he has not hit a single shot for almost seven weeks.

Woods, who aggravated knee and Achilles injuries at the Players Championship in mid-May, said: "I want to be playing, but I'm just not quite ready yet.

"Everything is progressing. Both the knee and the Achilles are getting better, but I haven't hit any golf balls yet.

"It was a borderline call whether I should have played The Players. I wasn't quite 100 per cent and unfortunately I hurt myself there.

"This time it's different -- I'm setting no timetable. I'm going to learn my lesson and come back when I'm 100 per cent.

"I am getting stronger, but I don't know about the British. I'm just playing it by ear right now."

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