Aoife Hopkins and Aisling Keller close to Olympic qualification in Japan

Aoife Hopkins in action in Japan Olympic Qualifier. Credit: Sakaiminato 2019 Laser Radial World Championship © Junichi Hirai/Bulkhead Magazine Japan.

With two races remaining at the Laser Radial World Championships in Sakaiminato, Japan, on Wednesday, both Aoife Hopkins and Aisling Keller are within reach of qualification for Tokyo 2020.

Aoife Hopkins of Howth, Co. Dublin, moved up a place to 41st after the penultimate day’s racing while her Nenagh, Co. Tipperary team-mate Aisling Keller slipped down the standings from 40th to 49th.

Hopkins’ overall position equates to fifth nation while Keller’s result would be tenth nation, so mathematically, it is still possible that both Irish sailors could slip outside the criteria on the final day.

The Howth sailor was disqualified for premature starting in the opening race today though sailed the course amongst the leading boats. She then took 25th in the race that followed while using the single discard to drop the earlier disqualification.

Her team-mate from Lough Derg sailed well in the opening stages of both races but suffered on the downwind legs as conditions were the freshest of the series so far.

Two final races are scheduled for early Wednesday morning Irish time and they will decide the world championship that is currently led by Denmark’s Anne-Marie Rindom.

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