No Joy For Irish In Medals Bid At Euros

Today’s Irish hopes for medals at the European Games, gymnast Kieran Behan and cyclist Caroline Ryan, have finished outside the top three in Baku, with Behan coming fourth and Ryan at one stage leading the women’s road race before dropping out. Behan came fourth in the floor discipline in men’s gymnastics at the National Gymnastics Centre, opposite the Athletes’ Village, missing out on a medal after scoring the highest mark in qualification. His score of 14.866 left him marginally out of the top three – but his impressive qualification mark of 15.066, best of the prelims, would have earned him bronze had he been able to repeat that today. Victory went to Rayderley Zapata of Spain, whose performance yielded a winning score of 15.333, with Fabien Hambüchen of Germany claiming silver and David Belyavskiy of Russia the bronze, a mere 0.133 points ahead of Behan. Caroline Ryan at one stage led the women’s cycling road race and was in with a major prospect of a medal, before falling back in the final laps of the 120km course. Ryan hit the front after three laps but by the fifth lap, just past the halfway mark, had fallen back into the mid-fifties, withdrawing with the prospect of glory gone. A thrilling blanket sprint finish was won by Alena Alialiusik of Belarus in 3 hours 20 minutes 36 seconds, with Katarzyna Niewiadoma of Poland second and Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands third. Adam Nolan is though to the last 8 of the men’s welterweight division. He’s beaten Italy’s Dario Morello on points a short time ago. Dean Gardiner is in the ring now – he’s also up against Italian opposition, Guido Vianello. It’s been a mixed day for the Irish team so far today, with Sean McComb winning this morning’s lightweight bout, but Myles Casry and Michaela Walsh fell to defeat. Darren Wallace bowed out in the first round of the archery individual knockouts, falling 6-2 to Italian David Pasqualucci in the last 64.