Rio Recap: Team Ireland's Day 13/16

Thursday August 18th, 2016:

Athletics - Men's 400m Hurdles Final
Thomas Barr - 4th in 47.97 (NR)

Thomas Barr ran into the history books with a fourth place finish in the Men’s 400m Hurdles final at Rio 2016. It was a searing finish from the Waterford man to haul in Annsert Whyte (JAM) and cross the line in 47.97.

It was a new PB and National Record for Barr, although he described his result as ‘bitter-sweet’ as he missed out on the bronze medal by just .05 of a second.

The time of 47.87 would have been fast enough to win bronze in London 2012 and silver in both Beijing 2008 and Athens 2004.


Golf - Women's Stroke Play Round 2
Leona Maguire: 65 today, -3 under for the tournament (T22)
Stephanie Meadow: 66 today, +1 for the tournament (T44)

Leona Maguire jumped 22 places on the Olympic Golf leaderboard, courtesy of an impressive 65 on Day 2 of the stroke-play tournament.

She was through the front nine in -2 and looked in determined mood to fashion birdies at 10,11, 13 and 14.

An eagle opportunity went amiss at 16 and she missed for birdie at 17, before finally picking up her seventh birdie of the day at the last hole.

Her plan is to "hopefully keep clawing her way back up" as she currently sits seven shots off the lead (Inbee Park - KOR) and five shots off the bronze medal position.

Only two golfers bettered Maguire's score on Day 2, while Stephanie Meadow made moves of her own with a fine 66 to move back to +1 for the tournament.

Her confidence improved with a birdie at the first to shoot the front nine in 32 and had her only bogie at the 11th. She went on to surge for home and picked up shots at 15, 16 and 17 and just missed out on four-in-a-row when her penultimate shot of the day just ran over the cup.

Men's Triathlon
Bryan Keane - 40th in 1:52:09

1.5k Swim 18:10, 1st Transition: 0:57, 40k Bike: 59:30, 2nd Transition: 0:41, 10k Run: 32:51

Six years on from a collision with a car which ruled him out of London 2012, Bryan Keane came home 40th in the Men's Triathlon.

At 35, Keane was the oldest competitor in the 55 man field, but still had cause for disappointment after an issue with his helmet caused him to miss one of the larger groups for the cycling phase.

He had exited the water in 38th place but started pedalling in 47th place and wasn't able to pick up places until the 10k run.


Sailing Men's 49er Medal Race

It was a second Medal Race of the week for Team Ireland at the Olympic sailing regatta and Matt McGovern & Ryan Seaton finished 10th place overall in the 49er class after today's finale.

The crew knew that there was no mathematical chance of a medal ahead of the race but held their own in the fleet.

The fast pace caused the Team GB boat to capsize while the Irish went through Mark's 2 and 3 in sixth to finish 9th on the day.

Modern Pentathlon
Women’s Competition: Natalya Coyle 12th (214 MP Points) after Fencing Ranking Round
Men’s Competition: Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe 25th (196 MP Points) after Fencing Ranking Round

First up for Team Ireland in the Modern Pentathlon was Natalya Coyle who is 12th after a strong outing in the Fencing Ranking Round.

Coyle had a solid start and bounced back after tiring in the middle bouts to finish with 19 victories and 16 defeats.

Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe had a similarly strong start in the men's competition but struggled to recover momentum after his dip and is 25th with 16 victories.

One of his defeats went was to Russia's Aleksander Lesun who set a new Olympic Record to lead the way heading into tomorrow's day of reckoning.








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