Sporting Weekend in Numbers

Connacht Heineken CupAfter another weekend of sporting glory for Ireland on a variety of international stages, we highlight five key moments through the medium of numbers.

140 – The number of points racked up in a clean sweep of wins by Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connacht in the Heineken Cup. Connacht’s 16-14 victory in Toulouse is being hailed as among the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history but one that was fully deserved.

0.30 – The winning margin in seconds for Caroline Ryan in her securing a Bronze Medal at the Track Cycling World Cup in Mexico. That was at the end of a 3,000 metre individual pursuit.

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60 – The number of seconds of sustained applause for Nelson Mandela at sporting events to take place all across the world all over the weekend.

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4 – The placing of Fionnuala Britton as she came up just short in a bid to make it three in a row European Titles at the European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade. It is felt a summer of injuries may have cost her what would have been a unique hat trick.

5 – The number of times in the last seven years that GAA clubs from Dublin have won the AIB Leinster Club Championships after St Vincent’s beat Portlaoise in Sunday’s final.

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