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Mixed fortunes for our athletes.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Mixed fortunes for our athletes. thumbnailEmma Mitchell

OUR local sports stars representing Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games might not have picked up any medals yet, but they are achieving their own goals.

Banbridge woman Emma Mitchell (pictured) took part in the 10,000m event yesterday (Monday) and despite not getting a place on the podium, she ran a personal best of 32:49.91, something she had been hoping to do.

Emma also set a new Northern Ireland record with that run.

"I'm very happy. It's the fastest I've ever run," she said following the race.

Emma's name is down for the 5,000m race this weekend however she is yet to decide if she will be taking part.

However despite some success for Emma, cyclist Mark Downey was left gutted after he crashed out of the points race on Sunday (8 April).

Mark felt that the crash should not have been labelled "an accident" and vented his fury on Twitter.

In his first race last Friday (7 April), Mark finished a respectable 12th in the 15km scratch race.

Despite his doctor's warning to 'rest for two days' following his crash in the points race, Mark was back out on the bike yesterday (Monday) in preparation for his final chance at a medal - the road race - this Saturday (14 April).

Russell White also missed out on his hopes for a top 10 finish in the Triathlon last Thursday (5 April) however acknowledged that despite missing out on a medal place, he was currently in the "best shape of his life".

Russell completed the swim, cycle and run in just one minute and 39 seconds after the leader to earn him 15th position.

Former Banbridge Hockey Club player Stephen Forbes may also have missed out on some records but he was very pleased with his finishing position.

He snatched 127 and a clean and jerk of 150 in the weightlifting competition.

That result meant he finished in the top 10 at his first Commonwealth Games.

Stephen is trained by Rathfriland weightlifting coach Timmy Graham who was extremely pleased with his efforts.

In addition to Emma (potentially) and Mark taking part in competitions this weekend, Kilkeel shooter David Henning is also hoping for medal success in the Men's Trap event.

David will first have to qualify for the event before the final on Saturday (14 April).

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