List of Irish athletes qualified for the 2021 Olympic Games – Weekly Updates

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We have the list of Irish athletes that have qualified to represent Team Ireland at the 2021 Olympic Games and a list of medal chances.

TOKYO SPORTS – 9th April 2021

Diving

Unfortunately, the Diving World Cup, the final Olympic Games qualifier for our Divers, has been cancelled by FINA, the International Swimming Federation. The news came after the team announcement for the event, due to take place April 18th – 23rd in Tokyo, of Oliver Dingley, Clare Cryan, Ciara McGing and Tanya Watson. We now await further information on rearrangement of the event and/or the qualification process for the Games.

Four Irish divers are chasing qualification. The current world rankings of the divers on the back of their 2019 World Championship performance are as follows:

Oliver Dingley (3M Springboard) – 18th

Clare Cryan (3M Springboard) – 24th

Tanya Watson (10M Platform) – 29th

Ciara McGing (10m Platform) – did not compete.

 

Equestrian

The latest FEI WORLD RANKINGS reflect the healthy state of Irish Equestrian, with 12 Irish riders inside the top 100.

 

Golf

Olivia Mehaffey secured a top 10 finish at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur last weekend while Tokyo hopefuls Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire finished T19 and T28 respectively at the first Major Championship of the year, the ANA Inspiration. Focus turns now turns to The Masters at Augusta where Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry bid for the illustrious Green Jacket.

Hockey

The Irish women’s hockey squad is traveling to Malaysia tomorrow as part of their preparation for the conditions that they will face in Tokyo this summer. Read more HERE.

Modern Pentathlon

Both Sive Brassil and Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe have cruised into the finals at the UIPM 2021 Pentathlon World Cup Sofia 1.

Yesterday Galway native Brassil impressed in the qualification while today Kilkenny’s Lanigan-O’Keeffe rediscovered his form to comfortably qualify for the final in the first of two back-to-back World Cups in the Bulgarian capital.

 

Rowing

Eight boats will compete in the European Championships  which take place in Varese, Italy, from the 9-11 April.  This will be the first international competition of 2021 for the rowers and will be a good test of form. Currently four Irish boats have qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Women’s Single and Pair, and Men’s Lightweight Double and Double. The two boats still seeking qualification are the Women’s Four and the Women’s Lightweight Double – they will have one opportunity to qualify, at the Olympic qualifier in Lucerne from the 15-17 May.

Sailing

In a thrilling final fleet race at the 49er Olympic Qualifier in Lanzarote, Robert Dickson (Howth Yacht Club) with Sean Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club) qualified Ireland for the Tokyo Olympics with a race to spare. This brings the total qualified athletes to 56, read more here

 

Swimming

Irish National Team Trials

Swim Ireland’s Irish National Team Trials, a qualification event for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, will take place April 20th – 24th at the Sport Ireland Campus. You can watch a promotional video for the event HERE. All sessions will be live streamed.

Taekwondo

Today Jack Woolley was competing in the European Championships in Sofia Bulgaria, in the -58kg. He progressed to the quarter finals where he lost his bout to Adrian Vicente (Spain) who went on to win silver.

 

List of medal chances

Sanita Puspure – a Gold in Rowing- what a ‘romantic’ story if this 39 years old from Latvia, now resident in Ireland for more than 12 years should strike Gold – no one deserves it more.

The O’Donovan‘s also in Rowing –  Silver albeit only Paul seems assured of his place. Fintan McCarthy could be a late surprise replacement for his brother. An outside chance of Gold.

Kelly Harrington (Boxing) – as a former world amateur champion would have a great chance of silver or bronze albeit lack of any Irish boxing will make it more difficult and the boxing European & World qualifiers have NOT yet been finalised. They’re scheduled for London and Paris in springtime but with BOTH countries in the midst of serious pandemic problems hard to know if they will take place. If so probably no spectators so behind closed doors. The Russians, Americans & Kazakhstanis will dominate boxing in Tok

A huge gamble BUT if He elects to Go, don’t rule out Rory McIlroy in Golf for Gold.

Rhys McClenaghan in Gymnastics – possible bronze, silver at best.

Jack Woolley, an outside chance of bronze in Taekwondo but will be one of the favourites for Paris 2024

Don’ entirely rule out Annalise Murphy or Natalya Coyle, both have outside chances especially as IF the Games do go ahead, many countries & their athletes will opt-out.

So that’s how I see it looking at it from an Irish perspective.

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List of Athletes

Boxing

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Brendan Irvine Men’s flyweight

Canoeing

Slalom

Athlete Event Preliminary Semifinal Final
Run 1 Rank Run 2 Rank Best Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Liam Jegou Men’s C-1

Cycling

Road

Ireland entered three riders to compete in the men’s Olympic road race, by virtue of their top 50 national finish (for men) in the UCI World Ranking.[5]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Men’s road race
Men’s time trial
Men’s road race

Track

Following the completion of the 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Irish riders accumulated spots for both men and women in the omnium and madison, based on their country’s results in the final UCI Olympic rankings.[6]

Omnium
Athlete Event Scratch race Tempo race Elimination race Points race Total points Rank
Rank Points Time Rank Points Rank Points Points Rank
Men’s omnium
Women’s omnium
Madison
Athlete Event Points Laps Rank
Men’s madison
Women’s madison

Equestrian

Irish equestrians qualified a full squad in both the team dressage and eventing competitions; the former by securing the second of three available berths for Group A and B at the European Championships in RotterdamNetherlands, and the latter by finishing among the top six nations at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North CarolinaUnited States.[7][8] A team of jumping riders was added to the Irish equestrian squad by winning the gold medal at the FEI Nations Cup Final in BarcelonaSpain.[9] Tokyo 2020 will be the first time that Ireland has been represented in an Olympic team dressage competition.[10]

Dressage

Athlete Horse Event Grand Prix Grand Prix Special Grand Prix Freestyle Overall
Score Rank Score Rank Technical Artistic Score Rank
Individual N/A
See above Team N/A

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualified for the final; q = Qualified for the final as a lucky loser

Eventing

Athlete Horse Event Dressage Cross-country Jumping Total
Qualifier Final
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Individual
See above Team N/A

Jumping

Athlete Horse Event Qualification Final Total
Penalties Rank Penalties Rank Penalties Rank
Individual
See above Team

Field hockey

Summary

Key:

Team Event Group Stage Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Ireland women’s Women’s tournament

Women’s tournament

2020 Summer Olympics – Women’s tournament and Field hockey at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Women’s qualification

Ireland women’s national field hockey team qualified for the Olympics by securing one of the seven team berths available from the 2019 Women’s FIH Olympic Qualifiers, defeating Canada 4–3 in a penalty shoot-out, having drawn 0–0 on aggregate over a two-match playoff in Dublin. This will be the first time Ireland compete in women’s field hockey at the Olympics.[11]

Team roster
  • Women’s team event – 1 team of 16 players
Group play
Pos Team

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Quarterfinals
1  Great Britain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1  India 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1  Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1  Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1  South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 25 July 2020. Source: FIH
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) matches won; 3) goal difference; 4) goals for; 5) head-to-head result; 6) field goals scored.
24 July 2021
21:15
v
Ireland  v  South Africa
Report

26 July 2021
10:00
v
Netherlands  v  Ireland
Report

28 July 2021
12:15
v
Germany  v  Ireland
Report

30 July 2021
11:45
v
Ireland  v  India
Report

31 July 2021
20:45
v
Ireland  v  Great Britain
Report

Gymnastics

Artistic

Ireland entered one artistic gymnast into the Olympic competition. Belfast-born native Rhys McClenaghan secured one of the two spots available for individual-based gymnasts, neither part of the team nor qualified through the all-around, at the 2019 World Championships in StuttgartGermany.[12][13]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB F PH R V PB HB
Rhys McClenaghan Pommel horse N/A N/A N/A N/A

Modern pentathlon

Irish athletes qualified for the following spots to compete in modern pentathlon. Two-time Olympian Natalya Coyle secured her selection in the women’s event with an eighth-place finish and fourth among those eligible for Olympic qualification at the 2019 European Championships in BathEngland.[14]

Athlete Event Fencing
(épée one touch)
Swimming
(200 m freestyle)
Riding
(show jumping)
Combined: shooting/running
(10 m air pistol)/(3200 m)
Total points Final rank
RR BR Rank MP points Time Rank MP points Penalties Rank MP points Time Rank MP Points
Natalya Coyle Women’s

Rowing

Ireland qualified four boats for each of the following rowing classes into the Olympic regatta, with the majority of crews confirming Olympic places for their boats at the 2019 FISA World Championships in OttensheimAustria.[15][16]

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Men’s double sculls N/A
Men’s lightweight double sculls N/A
Women’s single sculls
Women’s pair N/A

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

Sailing

Irish sailors qualified one boat in each of the following classes through the class-associated World Championships, and the continental regattas.[17]

On 11 June 2020, the Irish Sailing Association decided to forego the domestic selection trials for the women’s Laser Radial class because of the worldwide pandemic. Instead, Rio 2016 silver medalist Annalise Murphy was officially nominated to the Irish roster for her third straight Games, after finishing twelfth, as the country’s top-ranked sailor, at the class-associated Worlds in MelbourneAustralia four months earlier.[18]

Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Annalise Murphy Women’s Laser Radial

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race

Swimming

Irish swimmers further achieved qualifying standards in the following events, up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST):[19][20]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Darragh Greene Men’s 100 m breaststroke
Men’s 200 m breaststroke
Shane Ryan Men’s 100 m backstroke

Taekwondo

Ireland enter one athlete into the taekwondo competition for the first time at the Games. With the Grand Slam winner already qualified through the WT Olympic Rankings, the automatic spot associated with the winner defaulted to the Olympic rankings list, from which the first five taekwondo practitioners had already won quota places. As the next highest-ranked eligible taekwondo practitioner, 2019 European silver medalist Jack Woolley thereby secured Ireland’s first ever Olympic quota place, in the men’s flyweight category (58 kg).[21]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Jack Woolley Men’s −58 kg

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