Thursday, May 19, 2016

Rio '16: Sailor Lynch wins Olympic Laser selection

Finn Lynch, aged 20,  from Carlow became the youngest ever Irish sailing helmsman to qualify for the Olympic Games when he finished 54th and first  of the Irish at the Laser World Championships in Mexico.
Also competing in Mexico were  London 2012 Olympian James Espey and up and coming Baltimore sailor Fionn Lyden. Espey led by six points going into the final trial but finished 24 places behind Finn. Fionn Lyden narrowed the gap but still finished third in the trial.
Sailing for the National Yacht Club, Lynch was the only  one of the Irish to make the gold fleet  (top 56) after the four day preliminary round of the world championship. Espey and Lyden finished 67th and 78th respectively and made the silver fleet. 
Along with Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey (women’s 49er skiff), Annalise Murphy (Women’s Laser Radial) and Ryan Seaton with Matt McGovern (men’s 49er skiff), Lynch will be nominated for selection to the  Olympic Council of Ireland.

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