CAVAN’S PAUL BRADY was last night crowned World Handball Champion for the fourth time as he saw off American Luis Moreno in the men’s singles decider at CityWest.
Brady enjoyed a 21-19, 21-10 success over Moreno but was forced to overcome an early deficit when the 24 year-old Moreno charged into a 13-2 lead early on.
Brady recovered to only trail 16-13 before drawing level at 19-19 and going on to take the first game after a terrific comeback.
From there Brady took over as he won the second game comfortably 21-10 and added to his previous world titles claimed in 2003, 2006 and 2009.
The victory ensured the 33 year-old Brady concluded his international career on a winning note as he had revealed earlier in the week that this would be his last time competing at this level.
Brady’s sporting endeavours will continue though with an Ulster senior club football preliminary round tie looming next Sunday with his club Mullahoran.
After their exciting recent county final triumph in Cavan after a replay against Kingscourt Stars, with Brady crowned man-of-the-match, Mullahoran now face Tyrone’s Errigal Ciaran in the provincial stages in Kingspan Breffni Park.
Also at the CityWest venue last night, there was success for Aisling Reilly against her St Paul’s Belfast club-mate Fiona Shannon in an exciting women’s singles final.
Reilly lost the first game to three-time champions Shannon by 21-9 before recovering well to take the second game 21-6 and winning the tiebreaker 11-5.