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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# World Championships

All time
# Beast
Look at the shape Rob Heffernan is in ahead of the world championships
We’re more used to kettle-cooked crisps rather than kettle bells.
# Prodigy
16-year-old Ledecky unfazed after breaking 4 minute mark in 400m freestyle
The US swimmer won gold in 3:59.82 to become only the second female ever to finish the distance in under four minutes.
# Worlds
New record and PBs, but no semi-final place for Murphy and McMahon
Barry Murphy managed to set a new 50 metre butterfly national record at the World Championships this morning.
# Go West
Moving on from unlucky 2013 - the goal for Sycerika McMahon
Ireland’s teenage sensation is ready to put her disappointment behind her as she packs her bags for Texas.
# Interview
Murphy building for future by making the most of World Championship chance
The 27-year-old is keen to lend his experience to Ireland’s up and coming swimming talent.
# Double Up
Jason Smyth clinches double with 100m gold at world championships
A storming run of 10.61 seconds gave the Paralympic Champion 100m Gold.
# visual clues
Murphy wants dopers to wear swimcap of shame
That way everyone watching will know who the cheats are.
# World Championships
Swimming director vows there will be no repeat of qualifying mix-up
Due to a breakdown in communication, Sycerika McMahon will have to sit out her strongest event at next week’s World Championships.
# Gold Rush
Here's how Michael McKillop and Jason Smyth won World Championship gold yesterday
The Irish pair were in blistering form in Lyon.
# world champ
McKillop smashes his own record to claim 800m gold
Antrim’s Paralympic hero dominated the field and beat his own personal best time in Lyon this afternoon.
# Doping
Athletics world rocked as Gay, Powell and Simpson test positive for banned substance
It’s been a dramatic day in the world of elite sprinting.
# financial hurdles
‘I find it hard not to take it personally’ — Derval O’Rourke ‘disappointed’ by grants cut
The Cork athlete was granted just €12,000 this year.
# Twittersphere
How Twitter reacted to Martyn Irvine's double medal success
The site’s users were generous in their praise of the Irish cyclist.
# Review
Oscar Pistorius profile: the inspirational 'Blade Runner'
The South African athlete is one of the world’s most recognisable sportsmen.
# Champion
Brady lifts World Handball title
The Mullahoran man triumphed against American Luis Moreno in last night’s men’s singles final at the CityWest.
# low hopes
Champion-littered Spanish cycling team 'not the favourites' for world title
Spanish coach Jose Luis de Santos believes his team, containing Alberto Contador, will play third fiddle behind Belgium and Italy.
# Preview
Ailis McSweeney: Bolt will claim gold, provided he is fully fit
The 100m Final takes place this evening, and our columnist is tipping the 25-year-old to retain his title.
# 10 Days to go
London 2012: Introducing… Chloe Magee
The Donegal-born athlete is looking to build on her success at the 2008 Olympics.
# In Pictures
Hula hoops, fire jugglers and human's the 2012 Street Performance World Championship
The championships head to Cork’s Fitzgerald Park this weekend.
# 17 Days to go
London 2012: Introducing… Olive Loughnane
The 36-year-old three-time Olympian is ready for yet another bite at the cherry.
# 17 Days to go
London 2012: Introducing... Eoin Rheinisch
The 32-year-old kayaker from Kildare will represent Ireland in the K1 Slalom in London and finished 4th in the same event in Beijing.
# Disappointment
Olympic heartbreak is 'crushing,' admits Gillick
The Irish athlete has spoken out after a succession of injury troubles scuppered his Olympic hopes.
# huzzah
Tickets booked: Irish sailors qualify for London 2012
Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan secured qualification after earning a place in the gold fleet today.
# Pot Luck
Rocket man: O'Sullivan takes 10-7 lead in world snooker final
Three time champion holds a slight advantage over Ali Carter.
# Crucible
Mark Allen will now face disciplinary proceedings over 'cheating' comments
The Antrim man has, once again, given World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn cause for great concern.
# Crucible
Early exit: Ken Doherty crashes out at Crucible following Robertson defeat
The Dubliner staged a brief comeback but was soundly beaten in the first round encounter at Sheffield.
# 10-9
Ken Doherty heading for the Crucible after thrilling win over Hamilton
The Ranelagh man has qualified for the World Championships, which begin next Saturday.
# Maximum
VIDEO: Robert Milkins pot his way into the record books
Englishman becomes only the third player to record two World Championship maximums.
# pic of the day
Gotcha! Moment of the Day
What is that little Irish dancer planning?
# Controversial
Female boxers should wear skirts, says Federation
Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, president of the International Boxing Association, says people “can’t tell the difference between the men and women” in the ring.
# eastern promise
Roy Sheehan up-and-running at Worlds
The St Michael’s Athy welterweight beat Bahamas representative Carl Hield 15-10 having trailed 4-3 after the first.
# Ready to go
O'Rourke prepares for Championships with 'Barry's tea and drugs (not the bad kind)'
The athlete is all set for the all-important 100m Hurdles Heats this Friday.
# Setback
Asafa Powell pulls out of world championships
The athlete’s manager said that the decision was taken after he failed to shake off a lingering groin strain that has been troubling him for weeks.
# Off Track
More bad news as Gillick to miss world championships
Dubliner joins Ailis McSweeney on the sidelines for the rest of the season as focus turns to London 2012 in 365 days’ time.
# Waves of Change
Lochte beats Phelps into second place at Worlds
Michael Phelps was denied gold in the 200m freestyle at the Shanghai World Championships today by in-form compatriot Ryan Lochte.
# Breakthrough
Double amputee 'Blade Runner' makes the Worlds
The athlete at the centre of the debate about the use of prosthetics in sport has qualified for the Athletics World Championships after clocking a personal best in the 400m.
# Setback
Sidelined: Tyson Gay out for rest of season
Usain Bolt says the injury to his main rival will not cause him to be complacent.
# Lucky Break
Vegas, baby: Maynooth students get invited to the football tennis World Cup
A drunken email originally led to a trip to Turkey. Now the lads have set up Football Tennis Ireland and are heading for Las Vegas in June to mix it with Andre Agassi.
# Scrap
Greek and Serb players riot at World Basketball Champ'ships
Hellenic basketballers get in a chair-heavy ruckus.