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NI claim six more medals in Pune

Hannah Lewis
Long jumper Hannah Lewis led after round four but had to settle for silver

Northern Ireland have claimed six more medals at the Commonwealth Youth Games in India.

In track and field, Hannah Lewis took silver in the long jump while Ciara Mageean (1500m) and pole vaulter Edward Mourbey both claimed bronzes.

Boxers Paul Hyland and Sean Duffy are both guaranteed bronzes are winning their quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Swimmer Chelsey Wilson also claimed bronze in the 100m backstroke in Pune with a personal best of 1:04.20.

Michael Dawson and Conor Leaney finished fourth in the 50m breaststroke and the 200m freestyle respectively while Lagan Valley athlete Curtis Woods was unlucky to miss out on a medal in the 400m.

Top qualifier Lewis led the women's long jump after leaping 5.85m in round four but England's Abigail Irozuru then jumped 5.92m in the penultimate round.

Lewis went into the final as leading qualifier after improving her personal best by 13 centimetres to 5.98m.

Later in the day, Lewis qualified for the second round of the 200m as she clocked 24.87.

Mageean went into the 1500m fancied to claim a medal and she delivered impressively by claiming bronze in 4:22.53 which left her behind Kenya's Stacy Ndiwa (4:20.16) and Canada's Jessica Anne Parry (4:22.53).

The Portaferry athlete will be back in action in the 800m heats on Thursday.

Curtis Woods
400m runner Curtis Woods performed superbly in Pune

Woods missed a medal by an agonising .01 as he took fourth in the 400m in a PB of 47.27.

The Lagan Valley's athlete time cut .78secs off his personal best set in the semis but he finished centimetres behind England's bronze medalist Jordan McGrath.

The youngster's time also improved his Northern Ireland junior record.

After missing out on a medal in the 400m final, Woods safely progressed from the opening 200m heats after taking third in 22.41.

Gaby McNally was sixth in the women's hammer while Ben Reynolds took fifth in the men's 110 Hurdles final after clocking 14.42 - .02secs slower than his semi-final.

Hyland defeated Nigeria's Bakare Kolawole 9-3 in the quarter-finals on Wednesday while Sean Duffy also progressed to the semi-finals.

However, Hyland's Northern Ireland team-mates Michael Conlon and Neil Walker were both beaten at the last-eight stage.

Conlon suffered an unlucky countback defeat against Kenya's Eddie Nganga after the light flyweight bout ended 7-7.

Walker was beaten 11-7 by South Africa's Tankiso Makhetha in their flyweight quarter-final.

Larne competitor Matthew Hall won Northern Ireland's first medal of the games when he claimed a silver medal in the 50m Men's Rifle Prone shooting event on Tuesday.



see also
Commonwealth Youth team revealed
05 Aug 08 |  Athletics
Mageean is 10th in World Juniors
13 Jul 08 |  Athletics
Mageean ready for World Juniors
07 Jul 08 |  Athletics
Mageean and McIlroy claim titles
27 Jan 08 |  Athletics


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