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Tuesday 22 January 2019

London is my last Olympics - Derval

ATHLETICS: Derval O'Rourke says that the London 2012 games will be her last chance at Olympic glory.

The calf injury that forced her last-minute withdrawal from the recent World Championships semi-final has already fully healed and it has not jeopardised her chances next summer.

The Olympic Council of Ireland revealed ESB Electric Ireland as one of their sponsors for London yesterday, and Leevale's world-class sprint hurdler said she will be ready to give her best.

"London is the last-chance saloon for me," the former world indoor champion and two-time European silver medallist said.

"I don't have an issue with that -- I've always seen London as my last Olympics."



Irish primed for Baku



Boxing: The Irish Elite squad arrived in Azerbaijan last night ahead of the AIBA Men's World Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Baku.

A record-breaking 685 boxers from 127 countries have set a new standard for entries for the event, which begins in Baku on Monday.

"The squad are where they need to be and we got what we wanted out of an excellent training camp in Cologne," said the Irish head coach Billy Walsh.



Fight goes on for Lewis

F1: The fighter in Lewis Hamilton has vowed there will be no let up in his quest to make life as uncomfortable as possible for champion-elect Sebastian Vettel.

The turbulent nature of Hamilton's season has ensured he is simply fighting over the scraps -- a respectable second place in the table, to finish ahead of team-mate Button, and six race wins.

"I'll really be pushing for a good result this weekend (in Singapore)," said Hamilton.



Hungary host Ireland



TENNIS: After four successive home ties over the last two years, Ireland's Davis Cup team must hit the road for their opening contest in next year's competition.

Yesterday's draw paired unseeded Ireland against No4 seeds Hungary, with the Magyars having home advantage in the February 10-12 contest.

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