The Olympic Federation of Ireland provides a detailed weekly round-up of qualifications, upcoming events and more regarding the likely makeup of Team Ireland in Tokyo.

With the games drawing ever closer we thought it would be of interest to share the update and keep you up to date with how the team is progressing and also as a round-up of the coverage we have been giving to the Games in the previous week.

As things stand at the moment we now have 69 athletes guaranteed a place in Tokyo, after the exploits last weekend of our rowers.

There are many others currently sitting within qualification based on rankings or waiting on final places to be determined.

Here are the latest updates from the OFI and the individual sports.

The Olympic Federation of Ireland and five athletes will be part of a Late Late Show Special on RTÉ on Friday night, alongside Katie Taylor and Sonia O’Sullivan.

Team Sponsors Circle K launched their ‘To Team Ireland’ initiative during the week, covered here on Sport for Business.
Canoeing

Jenny Egan won a silver medal at the Canoe Spring World Cup in Barnaul, Russia last weekend, competing in the K1 5000m event. This came at the end of a bitter sweet weekend for Jenny, who missed out on the final available Olympic spot in the K1 200 earlier in the week.

In Canoe Slalom, Tokyo qualified athlete Liam Jegou finished an impressive 10thplace overall at the 2021 Canoe Slalom European Championships.

 

Golf

On the LPGA Tour, Leona Maguire won her first match against US Solheim Cup player Ally Ewing in the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The event consists of round-robin match play before the group winners progress to go head-to-head at the weekend. Maguire just missed out on a Final 16 place losing her final Round Robin match on the 18th to veteran American Christina Kim.

Olivia Mehaffey just missed the cut on her professional debut on the LPGA Symetra Tour in Florida. The Arizona State graduate has turned Professional following the culmination of the NCAA Division 1 Golf Championships last week.

 

Rowing

Team Ireland had a great weekend at the Rowing World Cup where five medals were won by Irish Crews. Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy won Gold in the Lightweight Men’s Sculls. Ronan Byrne and Philip Doyle won Silver in the Men’s Double, Monika Dukarska and Aileen Crowley won Silver in the Women’s Pair, Lydia Heaphy won Silver in the Lightweight Women’s Sculls, and Sanita Puspure won Bronze in the Women’s Single Sculls. Nine Irish crews competed at the World Rowing Cup II, and eight crews made it to the A Finals.

 

Swimming

Ireland’s Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay finished seventh in Sunday night’s LEN European Aquatics Championships Final in Budapest, closing an incredible week for Irish swimming and beginning the wait to learn Ireland’s Olympic relay qualifying fate. Shane Ryan, Darragh Greene, Brendan Hyland and Jack McMillan set a new Irish Senior Record of 3:34.62 in the heats, and went under 3:35.00 for a second time to finish 7th in the Final in a time of 3:34.88.

 

Triathlon

Carolyn Hayes has taken a massive step towards qualification for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games after the best Irish female performance in triathlon in almost a decade. Hayes finished 2nd at today’s World Cup triathlon in Lisbon, Portugal behind double Olympic medalist Nicola Spirig of Switzerland.

 

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