Irish Olympic qualifiers at Rio 2016 – List of athletes with medal chances

We have the list of the Irish athletes that would be expected to medal at the Rio Olympics.  It’s a stunning achievement to qualify but these could get gold.


Gold Medal chances: 

Paddy Barnes (Boxing) – LOST FIRST FIGHT

Mick Conlan (Boxing) – Bronze medal at London should become a Gold at Rio

Katie Taylor (Boxing) – Winner in London but the competition has caught up so Katie will need to be at her best to retain her title.

Rory McIlroy (Golf) – PULLED OUT

Bertram Allen (Show Jumping) DIDNT GET PICKED

Annalise Murphy (Sailing) – 4th in London, not in the best form but has the talent to get a medal and has been focusing on the venue in RIO over the last 18 months.

High Medal chances:

Shane Lowry (Golf) – PULLED OUT

The Donovans (Rowing) European gold and second in a World regatta last month, they will be hoping to get a medal.

Greg Broderick – Got picked ahead of Bertram Allen, his horse is in good form but he is up against very top competition

Padraig Harrington – Has the game to win a medal and is in good form at the moment

Joe Ward (Boxing) – LOST FIRST FIGHT

Michael O’Reilly (Boxing) – DRUG CHEAT

Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe (Modern Pentathlon) 2015 European individual champion will need to good swim to get a medal.

Judy Reynolds (Dressage) Been breaking Irish records and will be hopeful of a good event and secure a medal.

Brendan Irvine (Boxing) The Wee Rooster won silver at the European games and if he gets a good draw to could win a medal.

Stephanie Meadow (Golf) Former University of Alabama student has the game to win a medal in Rio.

Dan Martin (Cycling) FINSISHED TOP 20

Possible Medal chances: 

Sinead Jennings (Rowing) The doctor with three kids can achieve anything so why not a medal in Rio.

Mark English (800m )Fully fit Mark could make the final and if the race was run to suit him he could medal.

Thomas Barr (400m Hurdles) 3rd in a Diamond League event last season, he will be hoping for a final.

Ceire Smith (Boxing) Might need another four years, but she has lots of ability.


Natalya Coyle (Modern Pentathlon) 18th in World Final last month, but will expect at least a top five place in Rio.

Kieran Behan (Gymnastics) FAILED TO MAKE FINAL

Ellis O’Reilly (Gymnastics)  FAILED TO MAKE FINAL

Rob Heffernan (Road Walker) Legend of the sport, would need to be back his best to secure a medal.

Sanita Puspure (Rowing) FAILED TO MAKE SEMI-FINAL

Ciara Mageean (1500m) Breaking Irish records and in great form, she will be hoping to break 4min and win a medal.

Oliver Dingley (Diving) Finished 8th this month and improving all the time, will hope to reach the final.

Men’s Hockey team – Team events can through up strange results so let’s hope the lads can go a long way in Rio.

Aileen Reid (tri Athlon) The Derry athlete has been a top finisher for years and at her best can secure a medal.

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