Mary Hannigan talks to a 21-year-old professional who has always displayed a fierce determination to make the most of his sporting talent. He now has his heart set on winning a medal at the next Olympic Games. Scott Evans didn't, he admits, travel with "high hopes" to India earlier this month for the World Badminton Championships, his confidence low after a dip in form. Read full article

David Gillick: Scorching Gillick breaks 45-second barrier

Flying Dubliner David Gillick has an extra special reason to celebrate his 26th birthday this week after finally smashing the 45-second barrier to establish himself as a truly world-class 400m runner.Gillick said his sensational time of 44:77 in Madrid on Saturday night had "taken a huge weight off my back and given me a huge boost ahead of the World Championships," which take place in Berlin in mid-August. Read full article

Melanie Nocher: One for the Future

When the opening ceremony for the Games of the 28th Olympiad dazzles the world on August 13, Melanie Nocher will be there, taking it all in. The record-breaking swimmer has been selected to represent Ireland at the Athens Olympic Youth Camp, a gathering of 400 young people from around the globe. Over 16 days they will take part in sports, arts and cross-cultural events. The programme, which also includes visits to four Olympic competitions, is intended to encourage participants to become the next Olympians. Read full article

Paul Hession: Hession wins sprints double

A home nation sprints double brought the crowds to their feet at the European Athletics Permit Meeting in Cork, Ireland. The 57th Cork City Sports meeting saw Irish Sprint record holder Paul Hessian win both the 100 and 200m with a truly World class performance of 10.21, yet it was former World Indoor Hurdles Champion Derval O'Rourke who secured the biggest cheer of the afternoon. Ireland's Hurdling hero has struggled a little to find her form this season, but as she promised, in front of her home crowd she put in a spectacular performance. Read full article

Philip Lavery: The future of Irish Cycling

While Ireland now have four professional cyclists at the top level of the sport, the presence of Irish riders in the world of cycling does not end there. This is thanks in no small part to the An Post-Sean Kelly team who are now entering their sixth season of professional racing. Although the team is now registered as Belgian, there remains a strong Irish presence. Both Ronan McLaughlin and Mark Cassidy, a stage winner in last year's FBD Insurance Rás (now renamed the An Post Rás), will remain on the team for the 2011 season. Read full article

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