Lunchtime Sports Update


Sunita Puspure has won a gold medal at the World Championships.

She was first in the Women’s Single Sculls Final – finishing in a time of 07 minutes 20.12 seconds.

Puspure was well clear of the competition – finishing four lengths clear of the reigning world champion who finished 2nd for Switzerland.

Kerry’s Aileen Crowley and Monika Dukarska had a comfortable win in the C Final of the women’s double sculls, placing them 13th overall at the Championships. Like Puspure, the Irish crew lead throughout and took the win by a margin of 2.74 seconds ahead of China in second and Italy in third, followed by Switzerland, Ukraine and Romania.

Shortly after this, Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne took to the water in the B Final of the men’s double sculls, where a third place finish positions them in 9th place overall at the end of the 2018 World Championships. Just .35 seconds separated the top two boats in this race, the Netherlands and Poland, with the Irish double finishing just over three seconds behind in third ahead of Norway, Estonia and Bulgaria. A highly encouraging result for this developing crew.


Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge has broken the world record for the men’s marathon in Berlin.

He finished the course in two hours, one minute and 40 seconds, knocking more than a minute off the previous best.


Canelo Alvarez has inflicted a first ever defeat on Gennady Golovkin.

The Mexican won a majority points decision in their world middleweight title fight in Las Vegas.

The judging is likely to cause controversy again, as it did in the draw for their first bout.

Alvarez served a suspension for a positive drug test in the build up to the contest.


Alpha Centauri, the star of the 2018 European Flat season, sustained a fetlock injury when her glittering Group 1-winning run came to a surprising end in the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown yesterday.

The Jessica Harrington-trained ace, who runs in the colours of the Niarchos family, was expected to extend her sequence of victories at the top level to five, but she had no answer to Laurens, who made all for a game triumph.

However, Alpha Centauri, who won the Irish 1,000 Guineas before landing the Coronation Stakes, Falmouth and Prix Jacques le Marois, hung slightly left in the closing stages of the Matron and was reported to be clinically abnormal after the race.

Late on Saturday night, Alan Cooper, the Niarchos family’s long-serving racing manager, offered further insight. He tweeted: “Unfortunately Alpha Centauri sustained an injury to her right front fetlock and has been sent to the Fethard Equine Clinic for further evaluation.”