Katie Taylor on stage with her father Pete 13/8/2012In case you want to know how we might celebrate in Rio this summer, a sports analytics firm has produced a forecast of who is most likely to win each medal.

The good news is that Ireland is in line for two gold medals, one silver and one bronze.

Of course the only way to accurately predict the future is to go out and make it happen yourself but here’s a little pep in the step today for the four Irish Olympic hopefuls who Gracenote believe will be standing tall as the tricolour is raised over Rio.

Gold: Katie Taylor

Gold: Michael Conlon

Silver: Joe Ward

Bronze: Rob Heffernan

There will of course be others hopeful of making the predictions look hopelessly unambitious but that would not be a bad haul.

It was also announced yesterday that RTÉ will bring Irish viewers live coverage of the Women’s World Boxing World Championships from Astana, Kazakhstan as Taylor aims for a record sixth World title and qualification for the Olympics.

RTÉ One will have live coverage from the quarter-final stage onwards, assuming Irish boxers progress, with highlights each evening on RTÉ2 at 7.30pm. Joanne Cantwell will be joined by Michael Carruth and Mick Dowling for the live coverage with commentary from Hugh Cahill and Eric Donovan and reporting from Evanne Ní Chuilinn.

Ireland have sent an eight-strong team to Astana though Ceire Smith lost out yesterday in the preliminary round. Progress to the semi-finals ensures qualification for Rio in the 51kg, 60kg and 75kg divisions.

The Director of Technology and Innovation at the US Olympic Committee will be one of the many global leaders from the world of Sport and Technology joining us in Dublin this October.  Early Bird Tickets are now on Sale.

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