Aifric Keogh and Fiona Murtagh from Galway, Eimear Lambe from Dublin and Emily Hegarty from Rowing Central in Skibbereen have secured Ireland’s first medal of the Games taking third place and the four bronze medals it brings with it in the Women’s Four.
They join only four other Irish women to have secured an Olympic Medal Annalise Murphy, Katie Taylor, Sonia O’Sullivan and Michelle Smith.
The team came together just over a year ago and secured qualification for the games in May. A stunning performance in reaching the final, finishing within a fifth of a second of Gold medallists Australia announced their arrival as serious contenders, and they delivered overtaking China, then France and finally Team GB to secure the precious metal.
Eimear Lambe’s sister Claire who now works with Rowing Ireland made it to a final in Rio and this is one that will have the flags flying in Cabra.
Irish Rowing is in a great place at the moment and it appears likely that there will be plenty more to come from the team on the water in Tokyo.
The first medal is always sweet however and for a team who so obviously like each other and love their sport this was a very special day.
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