Fion­nu­ala loses her bat­tle against in­jury

Brit­ton will miss Euro­pean Cross Coun­try cham­pi­onships

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WICK­LOW’S FION­NU­ALA Brit­ton has lost her bat­tle against in­jury and will miss this week­end’s Euro­pean Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Brus­sels.

It had been hoped that she would re­cover from the foot in­jury which forced her to with­draw from the re­cent Na­tional In­ter-Coun­ties cross coun­try cham­pi­onships in Tramore, but un­for­tu­nately the Euro­pean event came too soon for the twotime Ir­ish cham­pion.

Brit­ton would have been one of Ire­land’s best medal hopes, hav­ing taken sil­ver in the U-23 race in the Euro­peans two years ago and sev­enth in the se­nior race in Spain last year.

She then rep­re­sented Ire­land in the Olympics in Bei­jing in the 3,000 me­tres steeple­chase where she ran a cred­itable race in her heat even though it was not good enough to make the fi­nals.

One of her ma­jor tar­gets next years will be the Euro­pean cross coun­try which is be­ing held in Dublin and she would dearly like to mount the win­ner’s ros­trum on home soil.

‘The rest of her year in 2009 is be­ing built around the Euro­peans,’ said her trainer Pat Diskin re­cently.

She will also be looking to­wards the 2012 Olympics in Lon­don which will be her ul­ti­mate aim.

This lat­est set­back will come as a bit­ter blow to Brit­ton, who re­cently won the Cross Coun­try/Road Ath­lete of the Year award.

Action from the Se­nior Foot­ball League Divi­sion 1 match be­tween Carnew Em­mets and St. Pat’s. Carnew won the match to clinch the league ti­tle.

Fion­nu­ala Brit­ton

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