List of Ireland’s 52 Olympic Qualifiers (23/05/12)

Tuesday’s news that Portaferry’s Sycerika McMahon and fellow Co. Down swimmer, Melanie Nocher, have met the FINA A standard for the 100m breaststroke and 200m backstroke respectively plus the recent qualifications of world champion boxer Katie Taylor, and canoeists Hannah Craig , Eoin Rheinisch and Andrej Jezierski mean that Ireland now has 52 athletes who have made the qualification standards or have qualified a place for Team Ireland.

That number will of course be reduced to 51 when the official nominations take effect as Athletics Ireland yesterday ‘recommended’ that the three women’s Marathon slots go to Linda Byrne,Ava Hutchinson and Catriona Jennings – hence Maria McCambridge will lose out.

The listing below therefore includes ALL who have met the qualifying criteria.

Athletes will be nominated for selection to the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) in due course and in line with their National Federation/OCI Olympic qualification and selection agreement policies. Nominations must be accompanied with a signed Team Member’s Agreement and the International Olympic Committee’s eligibility form.


Stephanie O’Reilly 3,000m Steeplechase
Fionnuala Britton 3,000m Steeplechase
Rob Heffernan 20km & 50km Race Walk
Olive Loughnane 20km Race Walking
Derval O’Rourke 100m Hurdles
Paul Hession 200m
Ciaran O’Lionaird 1500m
Deirdre Ryan High Jump
Alistair Cragg 5,000m
Brendan Boyce 50k walk
Colin Griffin 50k walk
Mark Kenneally Marathon
Linda Byrne Marathon
Ava Hutchinson Marathon
Maria McCambridge Marathon*
Catriona Jennings Marathon
Tori Pena Women’s Pole Vault
Joanne Cuddihy 400m
*Not selected

Chloe Magee Women’s Singles

Paddy Barnes 49kg
Michael Conlan 52kg
John Joe Nevin 56Kg
Katie Taylor 60kg
Adam Nolan 69Kg
Darren O’Neill 75Kg

Eoin Rheinisch K1 Canoe Slalom
Hannah Craig K1 Canoe Slalom
Andrej Jezierski C1 200m

1. To be selected Road Race, Time Trial
2. To be selected Road Race
3. To be selected Road Race
4. To be selected Track Cycling

1. 3 Day Eventer
2. 3 Day Eventer
3. 3 Day Eventer
1. Showjumper
2. Showjumper

Kieran Behan

Lisa Kearney 48Kg

Annalise Murphy Laser Radial
Peter O’Leary Star Class
David Burrows Star Class
Ryan Seaton 49er
Matt McGovern 49er
James Espey Laser
Ger Owens 470
Scott Flanigan 470

Derek Burnett Olympic Trap

Barry Murphy 100m Breast stroke
Grainne Murphy 800m Freestyle
Sycerika McMahon Women’s 100m Breaststroke
Melanie Nocher Women’s 200m Backstroke

Here SportsNewsIreland looks at the possibles list. If you feel we have missed out someone then as always we are delighted to have your thoughts by email to : or twitter @sportnewsire



All eyes will be on Gavin Noble in the final two qualifying events. If he retains his good form of late should have a great chance.
ITU World Championships San Diego May 10th-12th and ITU World Championships series Madrid May 26th-27th.

The qualifying period ends on 31st May
Comment: Aileen Morrison already qualified


Ireland’s Sanita Puspure finished an excellent fifth at the weekend in the A race in single sculls in the World regatta in Belgrade and will hope to make a last minute bid for Olympic qualification at the forthcoming Olympic qualifier in Lucerne.
On the basis of her performance in Belgrade- especially bearing in mind this was the first major event she had taken part in as a single sculler, one feels that the Latvian-born, Sanita who became an Irish citizen more than a year ago, has ‘an outside chance” of making the plane to London 2012.

Though the official qualifying tournaments are over and Ireland has only one qualifier, Chloe Magee in women’s singles, the “complex” situation that exists in Badminton leaves reasonable grounds for optimism that Scott Evans will be on the second list of qualifiers when that is published in under two weeks from now, and a ‘sporting chance’ that Chloe and Sam Magee may just ‘sneak in’ for the Mixed Doubles though that is less likely than Evans chances.


Apart from those who have already qualified some Irish athletes, mainly those who have had their training interrupted by injuries still have an opportunity of reaching the A standard. Among them are Steven Colvert & Jason Smyth (100m), Brian Gregan & David Gillick (400m), Ciara Mageean (1500m) and Kelly Proper (Long Jump) but it will be a difficult task with perhaps Mageean being the most likely .

Still an outside chance that Caroline Ryan may qualify for the Road cycling event (womens).

Missed out anyone?
Don’t forget that some slots have been awarded to Team Ireland and it is for those sports’ selectors and the OCI to nominate their chosen athletes. These include cycling and the equestrian events so here we have concentrated on individuals who may yet qualify. We wish them all luck in their quest for an Olympic place.

If we have missed out anyone, then don’t hesitate to remind us… email, as always to:


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