Belfast Telegraph

Kane Tucker boxes clever to guarantee medal at Youth Games


By Adam McKendry

Northern Ireland boxer Kane Tucker has guaranteed himself a medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games after a thrilling quarter-final win in the Bahamas yesterday.

The Holy Trinity fighter won a split decision over Scotland's Ryan Reekie in the last eight yesterday, and will box in today's semi-final as he attempts to reach the 75kg showpiece.

It takes Northern Ireland's medal haul to four at the Games following strong results for judo pair Kirstie Strouts-McCallion (silver) and Matthew Elliott (bronze), and swimmer Jack McMillan (bronze).

Sixteen-year-old runner Davicia Patterson will have the chance to add to the already impressive tally in today's 400m final after finishing second in her heat yesterday.

The Hunter House student ran a controlled time of 55.54 seconds, which sees her safely into the last eight behind heat winner Emma Alderson of England.

Patterson, from Beechmount Harriers, will be chasing down Australia's Ella Connolly, who was the fastest in the heats with a time of 53.92 seconds.

For Patterson to better that, she will have to surpass her personal best time of 54.50 seconds, which she set when finishing second at last month's Northern Ireland Senior Championships.

There will be two more athletes aiming for medal success today as Lisburn's Anna McAuley goes in the 100m hurdles, while Aaron Sexton is competing in the 200m.

Sexton will face stern competition, however he is fresh off a victory at the Irish Schools where he recorded a personal best of 21.43 seconds.

Tomorrow also sees the high jump final, which will feature Ireland's top jumper Sommer Leckey of Finn Valley, who is confident she can pick up a medal of her own.

The 17-year-old equalled the Irish Junior record of 1.85m earlier this season, and the NI champion is confident she can surpass that mark before the end of the year, putting her in an excellent position ahead of tomorrow.

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