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Sports Shorts: Athletics, Water Polo: Fast times at Queen's 5K


Fast times were the order of the evening at the Queen's 5K as Conor Bradley and Kerry O'Flaherty lifted the NI & Ulster titles for the distance with convincing performances.

Bradley played the waiting game to perfection, lying at the back of the lead pack, until making his charge for home to win comfortably in 14 minutes and 44 seconds.

Bradley's training partner Danny Mooney put in a late, late sprint to pip Ben Bradagh for the silver medal spot with both men recording 14:48.

Rio Olympian Kerry O'Flaherty had a race-long battle with Emma Mitchell before eking out a slender nine seconds winning margin at the finish tape with an excellent 16:18 clocking.

Recently-crowned provincial cross country champion Jessica Craig showed she was equally adept on the tarmac with a fine third spot in a personal best 17:13.

There were a number of noteworthy performances by Master athletes including Paul Rowan's 16:20 in winning the M50 category race while Paul Elliott was peerless in the M60 age group with a 17:31 mark.

North Belfast Harriers and North Down were the winners of the respective men's and women's team competitions while 16-year-old Oran Gartland impressed with a victory in the 3000m race run in conjunction with the 5K championships.

Water Polo

Belfast Royal Academy missed out on the double of Girls IrIsh Senior and Junior water polo titles when they went down 9-3 to Colaiste Iograid from Galway in the Junior final at the NAC in Dublin yesterday.

They had won the Senior title a week ago.

St Dominic's from Belfast, backboned by a big Cathal Brugha contingent were making their debut in this competition and performed wonders to make it to the semi-final where they went down to the gold medal winners Iograid.

Their team was: Lauren Fegan, Maria McGuigan, Cara McKevitt, Grace McShane, Niamh O'Connor, Cara O'Kane, Eva Ramsay and RoseTucker.

The team was coached by staff member and captain of the Ireland women's team Deirdre Cassidy who is delighted with the progress the team has made in a short space of time.

She said: "This is definitely a team with a future, roll on next year."


Four more Russian athletes have been found guilty of doping at the London 2012 Olympic Games following a wave of re-testing by the International Olympic Committee.

The positive samples take to 34 the number of Russian athletes who have been sanctioned following the re-analyses ordered in line with recommendations made by the McLaren report into doping in sport.

The four sanctioned athletes, who all tested positive for an anabolic steroid, are triple jumper Victoria Valyukevich, hammer throwers Marija Bespalova and Gulfiya Khanafeeva, and weightlifter Akkaev Khadzhimurat.

None of the four concerned came close to claiming medals although Valyukevich earned a diploma for finishing eighth in the women's triple jump final.

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