WALSH GUARANTEES AT LEAST A BRONZE
It didn’t have quite the same excitement as the Rowing medals, but that could yet come in a Semi-Final and a potential Final but Aidan Walsh has secured Ireland’s third medal of the games winning his Quarter Final shortly before 5 AM this morning.
That is more than we have achieved at all bar four Olympic Games through history, and we are not yet at the halfway point.
We won three in Beijing, four in Atlanta, Five in Melbourne and Six in London. Could it be that we might be heading towards a record putting us in seventh heaven?
It was tense throughout and Ireland owed Ayesha McFerran a Queen’s ransom for keeping them in contention but three minutes from the end India finally got the goal their pressure deserved and moved the Irish team from dreams of a Quarter Final to having to beat the Olympic Champions Team GB to have a chance.
It wasn’t what we had hoped for but this is a team that has delivered miracles in the past so while there’s life there’s hope…
WE MISS YOU JIMMY
Our last Olympic boxing medals were won by Katie Taylor, Michael Conlon and Paddy Barnes in London, all of them called home by the incomparable Jimmy Magee.
This morning’s commentary was from the Olympic World Feed which did not quite have the same link to history that Jimmy always provided with such ease, grace and emotion.
Let’s hope that as our remaining boxers Aidan, Kurt and Kellie make progress that we might have the words to match the actions.
KELLIE ONE STEP CLOSER
Kellie Harrington eased through her Round of 16 tie and is now three rounds away from securing a medal. She has been the longest Irish athlete in the village without getting to compete but there was no rustiness in her ringcraft or in her post-fight interview.
We can only hope those Portland Row Sambuca breakfast celebrations don’t end up with as much a sore head as Kellie’s opponent this morning.
GOLFERS ON THE MOVE
Rory McIlroy had moved into a share of fifth place in the Men’s Golf tournament before the threat of lightning caused a pause in proceedings.
Shane Lowry is two shots back in 15th but close enough to mount a second challenge in the concluding two rounds over the weekend.
THUMBS UP FOR TOM IN HURLDES
Thomas Barr was in action in the heats of the 400 Metre Hurdles and came through to finish second to Norwegian Karsten Warholm and secure a decent lane draw for Saturday night’s semi-final.
He admitted afterwards to always being nervous in the first round but he was clearly happy that his visualisation of all the scenarios that could have unfolded set him up for an impressive performance.
There are dangers aplenty in a deep field of talent but he’s in it with a chance.
TRIPLE SEVEN FOR 800 METRES WOMEN
We had three women competing in the heats of the 800 metres on the first day of track and field action but none were able to progress. Nadia Power, then Laura Shanahan and finally Siofra Cleidh Buttner all came seventh in their respective heats but they are young and hopefully will have learnt from the experience before coming back for more in Paris
KENDRICKS TESTS POSITIVE
USA Pole Vaulter Sam Kendricks who has competed in Ireland at the AIT International in Athlone has had to leave the Olympic Village and the competition after testing positive for Covid. We can only imagine what it must be like to come so close to the biggest moment of your sporting life and then fall to a virus from which you might have only the mildest of symptoms.
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