Sport In Brief: Irish say they don’t want Pat McQuaid to be cycling chief


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Pat McQuaid has failed to secure the nomination of his own national cycling organisation in his bid for a third term as president of the International Cycling Union.

Cycling Ireland voted 91-74 against endorsing McQuaid at an extraordinary general meeting in Dublin yesterday. But McQuaid will still be able to stand for the presidency after the Swiss cycling federation last month approved his request to be endorsed. The 63-year-old’s future has been clouded since the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) report last year which led to Lance Armstrong being banned for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. Usada claimed the UCI helped cover up some suspicious samples from the American.

Athletics: Oliveira beats Pistorius record

Brazil’s Alan Oliveira, 20, became the world’s fastest amputee yesterday with a time of 10.77sec in the T43 100m in Berlin, breaking the previous record by 0.14sec. The T43 mark had been held jointly by Oscar Pistorius and American Blake Leeper.

Triathlon: Holland takes silver in Turkey

Vicky Holland came second at the ETU Triathlon European Championships in Alanya, Turkey yesterday. Holland, 26, who missed all of April’s training because of illness, caught the leading group on lap three of four of the run to finish behind the Netherlands’ Rachel Klamer. Holland said afterwards: “I’m over the moon. I don’t think I could have asked for more, especially not a medal.”

Basketball: Jennings off to winning start

Great Britain’s women’s EuroBasket campaign got off to an encouraging start with a 76-68 win over Serbia in France. It gave their coach, Damian Jennings, victory in his first game.