Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sculler Puspure Books Her Place

Latvian-born sculler Sanita Puspure booked her place at London 2012 when she finished fourth in the women's sculls at the Lucerne regatta in Switzerland.
With Denmark's  Fie Udby Erichsen winning the race ahead of Australian Kim Crow  and Gevvie Sone of the USA, Puspure pushed hard in the final 500m and held on for the vital fourth place.
Puspure represented Latvia at U-23 level, and after moving to Ireland with her husband in 2006, joined the Old Collegians club and went on to  win the senior women's sculls at the Irish Championships in 2009 and 2010. She becomes the first Irish-based female rower to 'qualify' for an Olympics. Carrick-on-Shannon sculler Frances Cryan competed in the Moscow Games of 1980 without having to go through a qualifying process.
* The only other Irish rowers to have qualified for London 2012 so far are the adaptive rowing crew who will compete in the Paralympic Games. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

McMahon, Nocher Make Team

Leander's Sycerika McMahon aged 17  has became the third  Irish swimmer to qualify for the London Olympics in the 100m breaststroke  heats at the European Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, McMahon finished 2nd in a new Irish record time of 1:08.37  -  inside the London 2112 A standard.
In the final, McMahon swam a time of 1:08.72  -  less than a second  off bronze. Gold went to Germany's Sarah Poewe in 1:07.33.
Beijing Olympian Melanie Nocher also dipped under the Olympic A standard when she finished fifth in the 200m backstroke final. Her time of 2:10.75 set a new Irish record.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Fourth Olympics for Derek Burnett

Clay target shooter  Derek Burnett  from Longford will compete in the Olympic trap at the London Olympics. This will be a fourth Olympics for Burnett whose third at the  2010 European Championships in Kazan, Russia was enough to win him his place.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sprint Canoeist Jezierski Qualifies

Andre Jezierski racing for Ireland has qualified for the London 2012 at the European Olympic Qualifier in Poznan Poland.  Jezierski took the second  Olympic spot in the C1 (canoe kneeling)  200m sprint.
Born in Poland, Jezierski, now 31, has been in Ireland for the past six years and recently received his  Irish passport. He lives in Ballincolig Co Cork with his partner Patricia and three-year-old son Alex and trains at the National Rowing Centre in Farran Wood, Co Cork.
Jerzierski competed international for Poland between 1998 and 2005 and is a former world champion. He won a European U23 title in a C2 boat in 2000, and world titles in a C4 boat in 2002 and again in 2005.  This will be his first Olympics.

List of Achievements

1998 Junior European Championships Sweden silver c2-500m and bronze c4-500m

1999 Senior European Championships Zagreb, Croatia VII-th c2-1000m

2000 European under 23 Championships Boulogne, France gold c2-1000m, silver c4-500m and bronze c2-500m

2001 Senior European Championships Medal, Italy bronze c4-1000m

2002 Senior World Championships Seville, Spain gold c4-1000m, silver c1-200m

2002 Senior European Championships Szeged, Hungary silver c1-200m

2003 Senior World Championships Gainesville (USA), bronze c4-1000m

2004 Senior European Championships Poznan, Poland IV-th c1-200m

2005 Senior European Championships Poznan, Poland silver c4-1000m

2005 Senior World Championships Zagreb, Croatia gold c4-1000m, bronze c-4 500m

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Paddlers Rheinisch and Craig Make It

Rheinisch have both qualified for London 2012 after their performances  at the European Slalom Canoeing Championships in Augsburg, Germany.
Eoin Rheinisch. Pic Mick Feeney.
Craig paddled cautiously on her first K1 run on Friday, clocking 110.14 seconds and hitting one gate for two penalty points. On her second run, she improved her time to 101.79, although she did pick up four penalty points.
Her overall time of 105.79 put her 25th and Ireland tenth of the nations competing - enough to take one of the two London Olympics places on offer to nations not already qualified. 
Helen Barnes and Aisling Conlon also  clocked solid times on their first runs and then pushing hard on the second. Both missed gates resulting in 50 second penalties; Barnes ended up 38th and Conlon 50th.
Both Eoin Rheinish and Ciaran Heurteau made it through to Saturday’s semi-finals. Rheinisch, who finished fourth at the Beijing Olympic, had shown a welcome return to form when he finished 17th in the heats last Thursday, with Heurteau 23rd.
In the semi-finals, Rheinisch finished 12th  with a clean run in 98.38 seconds,  just two places and .24 of a second off making the final. When it came to countries, Ireland was placed eighth – enough to book that crucial Olympic place.
Heurteau’s time of 102.20 (including a two-second penalty) put him 20th.

Walkover Gives Taylor Place at London 2012

Katie Taylor has booked her place at London 2012 after receiving a  walkover  in her 60kg quarter-final match at the World Women’s Boxing Championships  in China on Wednesday May 16. 
Taylor had gone to the ring for her fight when she got word that her Romanian opponent Mihaela Lacatus had pulled out with a neck injury.
When a French boxer lost to a Tajikistani in one of the other quarter-finals,  Taylor knew she had nailed down one of the three spots available to European boxers at her weight.
Tayylor had a rest day tomorrow before semi-finals on Friday and went on the win her fourth world title a day later; she took her first in 2006 and then retained the title in both 2008 and 2010.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Fourth Sailor Qualifies

After four days of racing at the Laser World Championships in Germany, James Espey from Ballyholme Yacht Club in Belfast Lough achieved Olympic qualification when he made the gold fleet.
In light prevailing winds, Espey scored 7, (29), 3, 20, 18, 17 ,22,19 to make the gold fleet. He now lies  30th overall and second of nations not already qualified.
Espey is the fourth Irish sailor to qualify a boat for Ireland.  Annalise Murphy (Laser Radial), Peter O’Leary and David Burrows (Star) and Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern (49er) qualified at the World Championships in Perth, Australia last December.