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Delhi 2010: N Ireland Commonwealth Games round-up

2010 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Venue: Delhi, India Dates: 3-14 October 2010 Coverage: Comprehensive live coverage across BBC TV, radio, online, BBC Red Button, mobile and BBC iPlayer services. Full coverage details here. Full schedule of events here.

Wendy Houvenaghel

Wendy Houvenaghel says it's a great privilege to represent Northern Ireland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games

Northern Ireland lightweight Mark O'Hara won his opening Commonwealth Games bout but light-welterweight Steven Donnelly crashed out.

O'Hara beat Namibia's Mikka Shonena 6-3 but Donnelly was harshly adjudged not to have registered a point as he was beaten 10-0 by Australia's Luke Woods.

Middleweight Eamonn O'Kane beat Sri Lanka's Ranil Jayathilakage 5-0.

Martyn Irvine was top UK finisher in the individual cycling pursuit final as he placed an impressive sixth.

Wendy Houvenaghel was ninth in the 500m time trial - not her main Games event.

Northern Ireland lightweight O'Hara had to work hard to defeat his tough Namibian opponent.

O'Hara said: "The first one is always tough and it was good to get it out of the way against a tough opponent.

"We've got a great team here and I don't see any reason why I can't go a long way in this competition."

O'Kane wasn't entirely satisfied with his display but was pleased to get past his Sri Lankan opponent.

"I fight a New Zealander next and it will take a better performance than that to beat him," said O'Kane.

My form's good and I'm confident

Wendy Houvenaghel

However, Donnelly exited at the opening stage of the light-welterweight division as he was outpointed by Australian Woods.

Olympic silver medal winning cyclist Houvenaghel was content with her ninth place in the 500m time trial.

The county Londonderry woman was using the event as a warm-up for Friday's three-kilometre race, in which she will be one of the favourites.

"Today was an opportunity to get out there under race conditions and get a feel for the track in preparation for the individual pursuit," said Houvenaghel.

"My form's good and I'm confident."

Houvenaghel's Northern Ireland team-mate Heather Wilson was 12th out of the 13 competitors in the 500m event.

Also in cycling, Philip Lavery qualified for the 40K points race final.

Swimmers Andrew Bree and Michael Dawson had to be content with semi-final places in the 100m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games.

Mark O'Hara and Mikka Shonena
Mark O'Hara during his win over Mikka Shonena in Delhi

Both came through the opening heats but Bree's semi-final of 1:02.91 was 1.31 outside qualification for the final.

Dawson clocked 1:04.49 which left him the slowest of the semi-finalists.

Melanie Nocher (1:02.60) and Chelsey Wilson (1:04.60) both qualified for the 100m backstroke semi-finals but were unable to progress further.

After clocking 1:03.53 in the morning heats, Nocher set a personal best in the semi-finals (1:02.60) in the semi-final but it was 1.46 seconds outside qualification for the final.

Wilson produced 1:05.23 in the morning and 1:04.60 in the evening.

Clare Dawson (58.81) and Bethany Carson (58.98) both failed to progress from the 100m freestyle heats.

After being affected by tonsillitis leading up to the Games, Derry swimmer Ryan Harrison was well below par in the 200m freestyle heats.

Harrison's time of 1:54.00 was nearly five seconds slower than the time he produced at this year's European Championships when he narrowly missed out on a place in the final.

Conor Leaney clocked a disappointing 1:57.83 in his 200m freestyle heat after exiting from the 50m butterfly with a a 26.29 clocking.

Medal hope Madeline Perry qualified for the quarter-finals of the women's squash event.

The number four seed defeated Sri Lanka's Sharya Guruge 11-3 11-7 11-5 and then eased past Australia's Lisa Camilleri 11-4 11-4 11-5.

Bethany Carson

Carsons on medal trail in Delhi

Wrestler Mark Montgomery, who was Northern Ireland's flag-bearer at Sunday's opening ceremony, finished seventh in the 96kg event after having the misfortune to face home country's gold medal favourite Anil Kumar in his opening bout.

The Indian won 13-0 and while Montgomery regrouped in the repechage he eventually bowed out after losing against South African Kakoma Hugues Bella-Lufu.

In the badminton mixed team event, Northern Ireland defeated Jamaica 4-1 but then suffered a 5-0 defeat by South Africa.

Northern Ireland's bowlers had mixed fortunes on Tuesday

The men's pair of Gary McCloy and Ian McClure beat the Cook Islands but were then edged out by South Africa.

The women's triples of Barbara Logue, Mandy Cunningham and Sandra Bailie beat Niue Island in a tie-breaker and then defeated Namibia in straight sets.

The women's pair of Donna McCloy and Jennifer Dowds earned an opening tie-break win over Australia.

In gymnastics, Charlotte McKenna and Seriena Johnrose both squeezed into the all-round final in 25th and 26th place while Johnrose also progressed to the vault final.



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