Rio Recap: Team Ireland’s Day 6/16

August 11, 2016

Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Thursday August 11th, 2016

Men’s Golf – Padraig Harrington Round: -1 after Round 1
Badminton Women’s Singles Group – Chloe Magee Beaten 2-0 (21-7, 21-12) by Yihan Wang (CHN)
LWT Women’s Double Sculls – Claire Lambe & Sinead Lynch: 3rd in Semi A/B 2 (7:18.24)
LWT Men’s Double Sculls – Gary O’Donovan & Paul O’Donovan:3rd in  Semi A/B 1 (6:35.70)
Men’s Golf – Seamus Power: Level after Round 1
Dressage Individual – Judy Reynolds: 74.700% in Grand Prix
Men’s Hockey Group B: Ireland 4-2 Canada
Boxing Men’s Welter (69kg) Round of 16: Steven Donnelly  beats Tuvshinbat Byamba (MGL) by split decision.
Men’s 50m Freestyle – Shane Ryan: 3rd in Heat 6 (22.88)

Rowing:

Ireland have two crews in ‘A’ finals at a Summer games for the first time in Olympic history as the Men’s and Women’s Light Weight Double Sculls came through their A/B Semi-Finals today in Rio.

Gary and Paul O’Donovan gave a typically assured performance to finish third in their heat.

In a race dominated by the French, the brothers grew into the proceedings in typical fashion to go through 500m in fourth and get to within half a second of second placed USA with 500 metres to go.

Sinead Lynch & Claire Lambe eased into their Lightweight Double Sculls ‘A’ final in third place, over two seconds clear of Denmark in fourth. The Netherlands led the race throughout while Ireland enjoyed a decent race with Canada to finish in a time of 7:18.24.

It was a superb race from the Irish to become the first Irish Women’s crew to reach a Women’s ‘A’ final – they were ranked 7th with just six boats going through.

Sinead Jennings and Claire Lambe will compete in the lightweight double sculls final at 14:32 IST.
Paul and Gary O’Donovan will contest the men’s lightweight double sculls decider at 14:44 IST.

More: http://www.rowingireland.ie/irish-lw2x-and-lm2x-make-history-at-rio-olympic-games/

Golf:

Padraig Harrington is tied for 16th place after the first round of the Men’s Golf Stroke play with a score of 70 that is

The triple major winner was on -2 after back to back birdies on the ninth and tenth offset a bogey on the first hole.

Bogeys followed on the 12th and 14th, but Harrington bounced back with a birdie on 15 and parred his way home.

 

A rock solid 71 from Seamus Power saw him finish on level par for the day.

Power may spend Day 2 looking over his shoulder at big hitters like Bubba Watson and Soren Kjeldsen (both on +2) but holed the fourth in two and took advantage of the birdie friendly 5th before a run of 11 straight pars. A second bogey fell on 17, leaving him tied for 27th.

With no cut to the field after Round 2, both golfers can look forward to moving up the leaderboard across the weekend. Marcus Fraser (AUS) leads the way on -8.

Badminton:

It was a tough assignment for Chloe Magee in her Women’s Singles Group P opener against London 2012 silver medalist Yihan Wang.

Magee’s error count was too high to give herself a chance in the first set against the competition’s second seed and she lost it 21-7.

Wang trailed 4-1 early in the second set before serving herself into a commanding lead. It was an improved second set from Magee, who eventually lost out 21-12 as Wang converted the first of her match points.

Equestrian:

A score of 74.700% has comfortably qualified Judy Reynolds & Vancouver K for tomorrow’s Grand Prix Special in the Individual Dressage competition. Only 32 of the 60 competitors qualify for the next round, but Reynolds knew early on that her score was good enough to advance allowing her to focus on improving 21st position.

Hockey:

As if they haven’t made enough history by qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Ireland’s Men’s Hockey squad gave themselves a shot at making the quarter-finals with a 4-2 win over Canada in Group B.

This first victory of the tournament came courtesy of three-first goals (Shane O’Donoghue 2, Peter Caruth) and an insurance goal from Mitch Darling as Canada threatened to gain parity in the second half.

Victory over the world number seven ranked Argentina tomorrow night will ensure a place in the last eight.

More: http://www.hockey.ie/news-detail/10010326/

Boxing:

Stephen Donnelly booked his place in the quarter-finals of the Men’s 69kg Division with a split decision win over Tuvshinbat Byamba of Mongolia.

Donnelly was ahead with two judges through the first round, but by the end of the second round was only ahead with Judge C and all square with the other.

That left the Welter Weight with some work to do and he duly obliged with an assured third round to book his place in the quarter-finals.

“I dug in at the very end there and here I am now, I’ve won my first two fights and I’m starting to feel really good,” he told RTE Sport afterwards.

More: http://iaba.ie/dream-still-alive-insists-donnelly-crucial-win/

Swimming:

Ireland’s swimming campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympic games has come to an end with Shane Ryan’s third place finish in Heat 6 of the Men’s 50 Freestyle in a time of 22.88. That ranked Ryan 43rd in a strong field of 85 swimmers.

He was in positive mood in the mixed zone afterwards, saying “I’m already looking forward to the next Olympics. I think we can triple our team.”

More: http://www.swimireland.ie/shane-ryan-bows-out-of-rio-games/

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