Rio Recap: Team Ireland's Day 4/16

Tuesday August 9th, 2016

13:40 - Women’s Single Sculls - Sanita Puspure: 4th in Quarter-Final (7:28.68)
14:00 - Eventing Team - Clare Abbott: 0.00 (ShowingJumping) 112.6 (Overall)
14:00 -Eventing Team - Mark Kyle: 8.00 (Showing Jumping) 109.2 (Overall)
14:00 - Eventing Team - Jonty Evans: 0.00 (Showing Jumping) 64.6 (Overall)
16:30 - Men’s Hockey - Men’s Hockey: Ireland 2-3 Germany (Gp B)
17:08 - Men’s 100m Freestyle - Shane Ryan: 49.82 (40th)
17:05 - Women’s Laser Radial - Annalise Murphy Races 3 (4th) Race 4 (7th)
17:15 - Men’s Laser - Finn Lynch Races 3 (15th) Race 4 (40th)
17:55 - Men’s 200m Breaststroke - Nicholas Quinn: 2.11:67 (19th)
21:45 - Men’s Lightweight 60kg - David Oliver Joyce: Beaten by Albert Selimov (AZE), unanimous decision.


Sanita Puspure missed out on a place in the A/B semi-final of the Women's Single Sculls by just .65 of a second in a very tough quarter-final.

London 2012 Bronze medalist Kim Brennan led the way with Puspure chasing third placed Duan Jingli. The Irish boat was fourth through 500m, 1000m and 1500m and had slipped back with 500 metres to go before a strong finish saw her pull to within .65 seconds of third place.

It was quintuple olympic medalist Ekaterina Karsten who eventually held on for third, with Puspure finishing in 7:28.68.



Clare Abbott gave Team Ireland a major confidence boost with a clear round in a time of 78.55 as the first of three Irish riders on the final day of action. Europrince was in fine form and the duo were the first of any combination to go through a clear round without any time penalties.

Mark Kyle and Jemilla were unlucky to nick two fences while finishing inside the time in 78.75 seconds.

Jonty Evans was a joy to watch as Ireland's final competitor in the Eventing Team competition and was home clear in 77.26 to the applause of the vocal Irish support.

The result ensured Evans' spot with Cooley Rorke’s Drift in the individual final where a double clear round ensured a ninth place finish overall.

Ireland finished 8th in the Team competition with 286.40 points. Mark Kyle placed 33rd with Clare Abbott in 37th.


Men's Hockey:

Ireland’s Hockey side are still in search of their first win at the Rio 2016 Olympics after a 3-2 defeat to Germany in Group B. The sides were level 1-1 at half time after a 26th minute scorcher from Eugene Magee had equalised for Craig Fulton’s side.

Moritz Fürste had given Germany the lead from a Penalty Corner and it was the German captain who struck again from a set piece in the third quarter to regain his side’s lead.

David Harte was proving hard to beat in Ireland’s goal before a base line drive broke loose for Martin Zwicker to fire home and double Germany's advantage.

Mitch Darling pulled one back for Ireland with a fine strike, but with just 1:23 left on the clock. There wasn’t enough time to grab an equaliser.



It was a bitter sweet day for Nicholas Quinn. His time of 2:11.67 in the Men's 200m Breaststroke was enough to win his heat, but not enough to advance to the semi-finals. The Mayo man was classified in 19th place overall, .41 of a second outside the next round. That brings an end to his first Olympic campaign.

Shane Ryan admitted after his 100m Freestyle heat that a niggling ankle injury had affected his preparations and warm-up. Ryan still managed his best time of the year to come second in his heat in a time of 49.82. That gave him an overall classification of 40th with the 50m freestyle still to look forward to on Thursday.



Annalise Murphy sits second in the overall rankings after four of 10 races in the Women’s Laser Radial class. Race 3 was her best of the day as she steadily improved her position from 7th to 4th at the finish.

Race 4 saw her round the first three marks in second position before coming home in seventh.

Murphy is five points behind leader Lijia Xu (CHN) and a point ahead of third placed sailor Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) without counting her 13th place finish in Race 2.

Finn Lynch had a bright start to Race 3 of the Men’s Laser class, sailing in the top 10 through the first two marks before racing in 15th from Mark 3 through to the finish line.

Lynch couldn’t get going in his second race of the day and will hope to discard the result by the end of the ten races, finishing 40th. The Carlow man drops back a couple of places from 21st to 25th in the overall standings.


David Oliver Joyce lost to Albert Selimov by unanimous decision in the Men’s Light 60kg Round of 16. Selimov came into the bout as the World Amateur Championships silver medalist and second seed in the competition and showed his class in all three rounds.

Two of the judges gave Joyce the last round and one of the judges gave him the second round, but it was a controlled performance from the Azeri.

All out offence wasn’t enough for Joyce in the third round as Selimov had the movement, timing and signature uppercut to ensure passage to the quarter-finals.




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