Irish star Aileen Reed misses out on Baku medal

Aileen Reid missed out on an inaugural medal as the new European games launched in Baku over the weekend.

Irish star Aileen Reed misses out on Baku medal

Reid finished sixth in the Triathlon event, having never really got into Saturday morning’s race in Baku, finishing three minutes and 30 seconds behind winner Nicola Spirig of Switzerland.

Day two was a mixed bag for the Irish, continuing on the triathlon course as 20-year-old Limerick man Aaron O’Brien failed to finish, having fought competitively early on, placing 25th in the first transition.

O’Brien pushed hard in his second of six bike laps, shaving nearly 100 seconds off his initial lap, a costly impact, which saw the Limerick man step off the course during the run lap, having been some five minutes off the leaders.

Bambridge man Russell White, 22, finished in 36th place, posting 1:54:41, six minutes and 10 seconds behind British gold medallist Gordon Benson, Joao Silva of Portugal taking silver and the hosts Rostyslav Petsov with bronze.

Elsewhere Kieran Behan gave the men’s artistic gymnastics team a real chance of progressing to the final after day one qualification. Ireland sit in 11th place with the top eight progressing.

The young women’s team had no such luck finishing 22nd, needing to make up 6.8 points for a final spot.

Galway kata competitor Karen Dolphin exited Baku 2015 after three straight defeats in the elimination round, played in a round robin group. Her group opponents Jamie Sanchez and Sandy Scordo progressed to the final, with Sanchez taking gold.

It was a mixed day in the Kayaking event, with the doubles pairs of Peter Egan and Simas Dobrobolskis exiting with an ninth place semi-final finish, some 30 seconds off the race winners. The pair had qualified for the 1,000 metre semi-final after finishing their earlier heat seventh in 3:49.417 and a second bite at progressing to today’s final.

The double kayak pair, found the going a bit too tough in the second semi-final, finishing 30 seconds off Italian winners Ripamonti and Dressino, while eighth place British pair Pendle and Daniels where 12 seconds ahead.

There was better news for Jennifer Egan over the 500m kayak, finishing her heat in sixth place, five seconds behind Poland’s Ewelina Wojnarowska and progressing to the semi-final held two hours later. Egan’s semi-final was a close affair just six seconds separating the top eight rowers with Egan seventh in 1:53.536, five seconds behind Moldovan of Serbia, seventh place enough to make Tuesday’s B Final.

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