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Ulster hopefuls fall short in hunt for more medals

By Frank Brownlow

There were several promising Team NI performances at the Games yesterday, although ultimately several glory bids fell just short.

In the 40km road time trial cycling, Michael Hutchinson – who had finished fourth in the two previous Commonwealth Games – was 12th in a time of 52mins:05.64, just seven seconds ahead of fellow Ulsterman Marcus Christie.

They were 4.23 and 4.30 mins respectively behind the winner, Alex Dowsett from England.

Norik Koczarian was beaten 3-0 in his last 16 contest in the men's freestyle wrestling 65kg category by Mehrdad Tarash of Australia.

Northern Ireland's interest in the badminton at the Emirates Arena finally came to an end yesterday.

In the last 16 of the men's singles Tony Stephenson lost out to Wei Feng Chong of Malaysia 21-15, 21-10.

Tony Murphy went out at the same stage to Scotland's Kieran Merriless who received generous home support during a 21-15, 21-8 victory.

In the mixed doubles, Stephenson and Caroline Black were beaten in the last 16 by classy Canadian pair Alex Bruce and Toby Ng, 21-17, 21-13.

Stephenson and Murphy then lost 21-10, 21-13 in the last 16 of the men's doubles to the top English pairing Chris Adcock and Andrew Ellis.

Stephenson said: "I did better than I expected to, I kept up with my opponent quite well and had one of the best matches of my life.

"The team has played amazingly and it is the best we have ever done in the Commonwealth Games – we had two in the last 16 in Delhi and we have four in the last 16 here in Glasgow,"

In table tennis, Paul McCreery's run in the men's singles was halted in the second round by England's Liam Pitchford who won their game 4-0, while Ashley Robinson was beaten – also 4-0 – by Sharath Kamal Achanta of India.

Peter Graham lost 4-2 in the first round to Dexter St Louis of Trinidad and Tobago.

In the women's doubles, the partnership of Hannah Lynch-Dawson and Emma Ludlow made it to the second round where they lost 3-1 to Shamini Kumaresan and Madhurika Suhas Patkar from India.

Amanda Mogey and Ashley Givan are into the third round – they face Canadian pair Anqi Luo and Mo Zhang today – after a straight sets win over Roanna and Rosanna Abel from Vanuatu.

In squash, Madeline Perry and Michael Craig won their final round robin game in the mixed doubles by 2-1 over Cameron Stafford and Marlene West from the Cayman Islands to make the knockout stages.

But the Ulster duo lost out in the last 16 by 2-1 to English pair Peter Barker and Alison Waters.

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