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Tuesday 12 December 2017

reid back in top ten

TRIATHLON: Aileen Reid (pictured) pulled out the second fastest run of the day to finish fifth in the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Edmonton, Canada. It was her best performance of the season and leaves her world-ranked eighth.

Reid missed the lead pack after a slow swim and had to work hard during the cycle to keep in contention. By the start of the run, a pack of about 17 had a minute's lead but Reid blitzed her way through them with a time of 34 mins 37 secs for the 10km distance.

Last year, Reid produced her best-ever result when she finished second at the grand final in London. Injury meant she had a difficult start to the season, but in recent ranking races finished eighth in London, ninth in Hamburg and then 11th in Stockholm on the weekend before the grand final.

Bryan Keane, a former pro cyclist, finished 28th in the men's race. He ends the season world-ranked 38th.

HOCKEY: Pick of the draw for the first round of the Irish Women's Senior Cup sees an all-Leinster showdown between Railway Union and Loreto on October 4. In the past two seasons, both these teams have made the semi-finals of the competition.

Defending champions UCD have a tricky draw against Ards at home, while North Kildare, newly promoted to Leinster Division 1, travel north to play Lurgan. In the men's competition, six Leinster sides have byes into the second round, including reigning champions Three Rock Rovers and Irish League champions Monkstown.

CANOEING: A superb new watersport facility at Lough Rinn near Mohill in Co Leitrim hosted its first competition last weekend - the Irish Sprint Championships. Salmon Leap's Peter Egan picked up three gold medals just a week after finishing third at the British Marathon Championships with Tom Brennan.

Thomastown had a good weekend, winning the mixed K4 class, and with Cáit Broderick second in women's 1000m and 200m, and Donnacha Brennan third in men's 200m on the first day of racing. Martin Walsh and Alex Broderick then won the 10km doubles and Dave Comerford and Fionnbarra ó Donnabháin the Canadian class a day later.

TABLE TENNIS: Paul McCreery and Hannah Lynch Dawson came out on top at the first senior ranking tournament of the season at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. Close to a hundred players were in action in the qualification rounds, with three spots for women and seven for men in Sunday's finals on offer.

Hannah Lynch Dawson won all of her eight qualification matches, dropping only three sets. Katie McGlone and Emma Ludlow also made it through to finals day.

McCreery was also in unstoppable form and straight sets wins over Vladislavs Agurjanovs and Gavin Maguire gave him the men's title. Agurjanovs finished second and Maguire third.

BADMINTON: Rachael Darragh is favourite to win the women's singles at the Carlton Irish U19 Open already underway at Baldoyle. For the first time, the new and still experimental scoring system - best of five games to 11 points - will be used. Darragh is seeded to face Ronja Stern of Switzerland in the final. With Sara Boyle, she's also No 1 seed for the women's doubles.

Austrian visitor Wolfgang Gnedt is top seed for the men's singles, followed by Mihkel Laanes from Estonia. In the men's doubles, Portuguese pair Angelo and Ricardo Silva are seeded to meet Laanes and partner Mario Saunpere in the final. Richardo Silva and Daniela Conceicao of Portugal top the seedings for the mixed doubles, ahead of Irish pair Norman Lau and Moya Ryan.

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