Tuesday August 14th, 2016
Women’s Pole Vault: Tori Pena
27th With 4,30m
There was an element of redemption for Tori Pena in the Women’s Pole Vault at Rio 2016.
The Finn Valley athlete finished with ‘no mark’ beside her name at London 2012, but finished 27th at her second Olympic games with a clearance of 4.30m.
The automatic qualification stood at Pena’s National Record height of 4.60m, but she started well with a successful run at 4.15m.
4.30m needed a second tilt, before three unsuccessful attempts at 4.45.
Equestrian Showjumping Individual: Greg Broderick & Going Global
Ranked 50th in 2nd Qualifier (5.0 pens)
The Irish pairing of Greg Broderick & Going Global finished their Olympic campaign in the second round qualifier of the individual showjumping competition in a tie for 50th.
It was another day of small margins. After 8.0 penalties in the first round, Broderick & Going Global grazed the water tray and cross the line in 81.28 – a fraction outside the 81 seconds allowable.
A score of 10 would have been enough to reach the third round qualifier.
Men’s Boxing Bantam (56kg): Michael Conlan
Lost Quarter-Final By Unanimous Decision To Vladimir Nikitin (RUS)
Michael Conlan exited the Men’s 56kg division of the boxing competition amid controversial circumstances at Riocentro.
The London 2012 medalist was behind with the judges after a first round he had appeared to control.
Conlan ‘went to war’ in the second round to square up the bout and was confident of victory after an assured third round.
The verdict of defeat by unanimous decision was a shock to boxer, coaches and fans alike – Conlan gave an empassioned post-fight interview to RTE Sport.
Women’s Sailing 49er FX: Andrea Brewster & Saskia Tidey
Races 10, 11 & 12: 8th, 13th, 12th (12th Overall)
Andrea Brewster & Saskia Tidey rounded off a solid Olympic debut in the 49er FX class to finish 12th overall.
The last day of action provided an outside shot at the medal race, but a tempered finish of 8th, 13th and 12th on the last day allowed them to consolidate their 12th place ranking.
Men’s Sailing 49er: Matt McGovern & Ryan Seaton
Race 10, 11 & 12: 19th , 20th, 1st (8th Overall)
The 49er crew of Matt McGovern and Ryan Seaton ensured one more Team Ireland day out for sailing at Rio 2016, but it took a dramatic finish and some superb sailing to do it.
Their campaign to reach the Medal Race of the 49er class was coming apart at the seams after 19th and last place finishes in the opening races of the final day.
It took a sublime 1st place in the last race of the opening series to see them grab 8th place and advance to Thursday’s finale.
— Team Ireland (@olympiccouncil) August 16, 2016
Women’s Sailing Laser Radial: Annalise Murphy
Medal Race: 5th (2nd Overall)
Ireland have secured two medals the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and both have them were hard earned on the water – Annalise Murphy won silver in the Laser Radial class of the sailing regatta with a 5th place finish in the medal event.
Murphy came into the final sitting on the bronze medal before a controlled and determined race saw her oust Denmark’s Anne-Marie Rindom for silver.
The Rathfarnham sailor briefly held the Gold medal position when Marit Bouwmeester (NED) trailed by five places after Mark 3.
The lingering agony of fourth place at London 2012 meant the colour of Murphy’s medal wasn’t a priority and she cross the line with one of the biggest smiles seen at this summer’s games.
Men’s Diving 3m Springboard: Oliver Dingley
8th with 442.90
Oliver Dingley put in one of Team Ireland’s most spectacular performances at the Rio 2016 games to finish 8th in the Men’s 3m Springboard Final.
The 23 year old comfortably came through his semi-final in ninth place and looked at home in the final with a number of quality dives.
Dingley was fourth at the half way point in the competition and just .2 off the bronze medal position, showing total focus to score 81.60 with his second dive.
That was his best score of the games and though he finished strongly with 79.90, the lower scores of his fifth and sixth dives meant a top six finish was outside his reach.
Men’s 3m Springboard Final Scores:
Dive 1 – Forward 3½ Somersaults: 74.40
Dive 2 – Forward 2½ Somersaults 2 Twists: 81.60
Dive 3 – Inward 3½ Somersaults: 76.50
Dive 4 – Back 2½ Somersaults: 69.00
Dive 5 – Reverse 2½ Somersaults: 61.50
Dive 6 – Back 2½ Somersaults 1½ Twists: 79.90
Men’s 400m Hurdles Semi-Finals: Thomas Barr
1st in 48.39 (NR)
“Things have just started to click’ – Thomas Barr bridged an 84 year gap for Irish sprinting by qualifying for the Men’s 400m Hurdles Finals at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The Waterford man secured Lane 4 in Thursday’s medal event by winning the third semi-final in a new national record of 48.39.
Setting up in the blocks, Barr knew either a top-two finish or a personal best was required to continue his Olympic dream.
He managed both, with a strong finish that qualified him in the third fastest time overall and saw him out sprint Haron Koech (KEN) and Byron Robinson (USA) in the home straight.
Thomas Barr is the first Irish athlete to reach a 400m hurdles semi-final since Bob Tisdall in 1932.