Sunday, October 25, 2015

Irish hockey team makes history - after 107 years

 The Irish men's hockey team have qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics thanks to Australia's 3-2 victory over New Zealand in the Oceania Cup. Australia had already qualified for Rio and since only the winners would go through, it left one place open.
      The team is the first Irish hockey team to compete at an Olympics since 1908 and the first Irish team from any sport to make an Olympics since 1948, when a football team qualified.  After finishing a record high of fifth at the World League in Antwerp, the Irish were forced to wait  three agonising months for the outcome of the remaining continental qualifiers  before knowing that they had made it. 
     Ireland  join Brazil, India, Germany, Canada, Spain, Belgium, Great Britain, Argentina, Netherlands, Australia and one remaining qualifier at the Rio '16 Games  from August 5-21.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Rio '16: First swimmer qualifies

Fiona Doyle became Ireland’s first swimmer to qualify for Rio '16  when she swam a time of 1:07.67 in the semi-final of the 100m breaststroke at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.

The University of Calgary student progressed from the morning heats in 1:08.07.  Doyle holds the Irish record of 1:07.66 a time that won her a silver medal at the World Student Games of 2013.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Rio '16: Boxers Barnes and Conlon qualify

Paddy Barnes has qualified for a third successive Olympic Games following victory over Finol Rivas at the World Boxing Series in Venezuela.
Barnes won on a split decision with two judges scoring the fight 49-45, 49-45 in his favour while the third awarded the fight 48-47. It was  Barnes' seventh win of the season.
A unanimous decision over Jose Dias  meant Michael Conlan moved into second place on the bantamweight table and was enough to win him his place on the Rio team. The Irish pair were boxing for Italia Thunder.