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NO ARM DONE, JOE.

Byline: By NEIL GOULDING

IRISH potter Joe Swail played through the pain barrier at the Welsh Open to reach his first semi-final for eight years.

The 'Outlaw' gunned down world No 2 Stephen Maguire with a fine 5-4 win at the Newport Centre.

But the Ulsterman, whose last semi-final was at the 2001 LG Cup in Preston, nearly withdrew from their quarterfinal clash having injured his right arm midway through the match.

Swail bravely battled on and will now face either Aussie ace Neil Robertson or Hong Kong cueman Marco Fu in today's semis.

"When I went to play my shot my arm suddenly felt sore and I when I delivered the cue the pain was just unbelievable," reflected the world No 20.

"I pulled a muscle bridging over the pack in the sixth frame.

"The pain was really intense, I was just glad I was able to continue.

"You have to remember it's been a long time since I've been at this stage of a tournament, so I wanted to give it everything."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 21, 2009
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