Rodrigo Pessoa has named the Irish Show Jumping squad for this month's hugely important Longines FEI European Championships, which take place at Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Ireland will arrive at the Dutch venue as reigning European Champions, having taken the team gold medal in spectacular fashion at Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017.

Along with having team and individual medals on offer, the 2019 European Championships present the second-last opportunity for teams to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The Irish Show Jumping squad, sponsored by Devenish & The Underwriting Exchange, for the 2019 Longines FEI European Championships is as follows: (alphabetical order)

Offaly’s Darragh Kenny with Balou du Reventon - owned by Ann Thompson
Waterford’s Peter Moloney with Chianti’s Champion - owned by Team Harmony
Meath’s Cian O’Connor with PSG Final – owned by Ronnoco Jump Ltd
Limerick’s Paul O’Shea with Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu – owned by Machu Picchu Partners LLC
Cork’s Shane Sweetnam with Alejandro – owned by Seabrook LLC

Rodrigo Pessoa (pictured) is hopeful that Ireland can achieve a positive result at the Championships and knows that it promises to be a hard-fought battle:

"We are aware of the importance of this event. This is what we have been waiting for now for a while. We have prolonged this by not qualifying [for the Olympic Games] last year so this is now our chance to do it. We are very respectful of the nations whom we are competing against and we will be very focused on obtaining our qualification and fighting for a team medal," Pessoa said.

The 2018 World Equestrian Games saw USA, Sweden. Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Australia take the six Olympic places on offer. That leaves several top teams including Britain, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Ireland set for a titanic battle at the Europeans, where just three more Olympic team places will be up for grabs. Following the Longines FEI European Championships in Rotterdam, one final Olympic team qualification place will be on offer at October's FEI Nations Cup World Final in Barcelona.

The 2019 European Show Jumping Championships get underway on Wednesday August 21st with the opening speed competition. The first round of the team competition takes place on Thursday August 22nd before the team medals and Olympic qualification places are decided on Friday August 23rd. The European individual final takes place on Sunday August 25th.

Ireland will also send teams to compete in the European Championships for Dressage and Para Dressage which also take place in Rotterdam, starting on Monday August 19th, with the Irish squads set to be named in the coming days.

Further details on the 2019 Longines FEI European Championships for Jumping, Dressage and Para Dressage are available on the official website HERE 

*Dublin Airport Terminal 1, Monday 29 July at 10am – Flight TK1975*

The homecoming for the Team Ireland athletes who competed in the EYOF takes place in Terminal 1 of Dublin Airport on Monday morning, 29 July, at 10am. The team that arrives in on flight TK1975 includes double gold medallist Rhasidat Adeleke, who dominated the sprints events on the track this week, as well as double bronze medallist Molly Mayne who stepped on the podium in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke event.

Please RSVP to heather@olympicsport.ie if you are planning on attending the event, specifically if you have an interview request.

Team Ireland were competing in the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Baku, a multi-sport event for athletes aged 13-18 that is run by the European Olympic Committees and takes place every two years. Thirty-two Irish athletes were competing across five sports in the event that ran from the 21 – 27 July.

Rhasidat Adeleke has been announced as the Team Ireland Flagbearer for the Closing Ceremony at the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Baku. Adeleke won two gold medals at the multi-sport games that take place every two years and are run by the European Olympic Committees. The other two medals coming home to Ireland are courtesy of swimmer Molly Mayne, who won bronze in both the 100m and 200m Breaststroke events.

“I’m just so happy,” the Dubliner said on learning the news, “I’ve never been a flagbearer before, and I’ve always wondered what it would be like! So, walking out there with the flag flowing in the air – I’m going to be really proud.”

Speaking about the Adeleke’s selection as flagbearer, Chef de Mission Gavin Noble said,

“Naturally Rhasidat performed incredibly, she couldn’t have done any more, but too she is very popular amongst our team. So, with or without the medals we would all be more than proud for her to lead us home”

Reflecting on the EYOF, Noble added,

“Everyone learns in a week like this, athletes and staff alike. What’s important now, especially for our youths, is that these learnings are acted upon for their next time in Irish green. The more our younger athletes, coaches and staff are exposed to a higher level of competition at the correct time in their development, ultimately the better we should be aiming for in senior competition.”

Today was the last day of action for Team Ireland at the EYOF, with athletics being the only sport on the Irish schedule.

In a slightly changed line up, the Boy’s Medley Relay were competing in their Final today – yesterday they had qualified as the second fastest team, but in the final they had to settle for seventh in a time of 1.56.94. Cian Dunne opened it up with a strong 100m, passing the baton to Israel Olatunde (200m). Next up was Diarmuid O’Connor racing 300m and Robert McDonnell finished it out with a 400m dash.

“It was a tough race,” boys’ team captain, Olatunde, commented after the race. “I’m really proud of all these guys. And Charles as well who got injured in the heat. I’m really proud of how far we have come in such a short space of time. I felt we ran well in both the heat and the final, and I’m just really proud of the lads.”

In the Girl’s 1500m Ava O’Connor impressed finishing above her rankings in 7th with a tie of 4.34.98. The Tullamore Harriers runner showed grit and determination throughout the race, driving the pace in the final lap, only to be passed in the last 200m.

“I’m really happy with that one actually. Considering how low I was starting to finish seventh was a really good confidence boost for me. I know I missed out on medals but there’s plenty more to come. It was my first major championships too! I’m not even sixteen, I was probably one of the youngest in the field which made me really happy – I was able to beat some of the older girls. I’ll definitely be back for more next year!”

Fantastic racing from Ava O’ Connor in the Girl’s 1500m Final to finish 7th in 4.34.98, higher than her ranking going into the race. The determined @TullamoreH racer was quick out of the blocks and in the final lap moved to the front until the last 150🇮🇪#TeamIreland #EYOF2019 pic.twitter.com/YQuYz1zOad

— Team Ireland (@TeamIreland) July 27, 2019

In the Boy’s 2000m Steeplechase John Fanning was left with too much to close in the second half of the race, after a stumble in the early stages put him on the back foot. He finished in 13th place on the line with a time of 6.43.58.

Speaking after the race the Skerries runner said, “I started off badly with a fall. The pace at the start surprised me, and it was quite packed in going into the first hurdle and I just didn’t get my approach right, and I hit it and fell on my shoulder and was on the back of the race for pretty much the whole thing.

“I just tried to close on as many people as I could, and I just nearly got them at the end. I’m happy with how I got up and finished, but also next time I think I’ll be more ready.”

Tough tumble in the Boy’s 2000m Steeplechase for John Fanning in the early stages put him in the back foot. Undeterred he raced hard to close the gap, but it wasn’t to be on the day for the Skerries runner #TeamIreland #EYOF2019 #eyofbaku2019 🇮🇪🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/oy6e6MdFD5

— Team Ireland (@TeamIreland) July 27, 2019

Aoife O’Sullivan was competing in the High Jump, after qualifying for it earlier this week, clearing 1.75 on her first jump! It wasn’t her day, and O’Sullivan had to settle for an eventual 13th place with 1.66m,

“It was devastating. I really thought I could do much better. It’s my first year as well, so I’m happy I got here too – that makes me smile now.”

Aoife O’Sullivan finished 13th in the Girl’s High Jump Final with 1.66m atbthe #EYOF2019
She qualified for the final with a phenomenal 1.75m on her first jump, but it wasn’t to be today on the last day of competition in Baku for #TeamIreland 🇮🇪🇮🇪 @irishathletics pic.twitter.com/827SYEI4EE

— Team Ireland (@TeamIreland) July 27, 2019

Team Ireland will be arriving in Dublin Airport at 10am on Monday morning into Terminal 1.

This was the final day of action in the EYOF, a European event for athletes aged 14-18 that runs every two years, and Team Ireland was represented by thirty-two athletes across five sports. Baku hosted the 2019 edition which runs from the 21 – 27 July.

The daily schedule of Team Ireland in Baku can be found HERE

 

Saturday Results

 

 

ATHLETICS

Aoife O’Sullivan High Jump 13th with 1.66

Ava O’Connor 1500m 7th (4.34.98)

John Fanning 2000m Steeplechase 13th (6.43.58)

Boy’s Medley Relay – Cian Dunne (100m), Israel Olatunde (200m), Diarmuid O’Connor (300m), Robert McDonnell (400m) 7th (1.56.94)

 

 

Team Ireland’s Molly Mayne doubled her medal tally today when she won a bronze medal in the Girl’s 100m Breaststroke at the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Baku. This was added to the bronze she won in the Girl’s 200m Breaststroke earlier this week. This brings the Irish medal tally to four with the medal ceremony for Rhasidat Adeleke’s 200m gold medal also taking place on this penultimate day of action at the EYOF.

Mayne qualified for the Final as the fourth fastest swimmer in the semi-finals, but was determined to step onto the podium, knowing where she would make her improvements. She immediately went into the third spot, and held that position until she tipped the wall, securing her second medal of the Games.

Swimming the 100m in a personal best time of 1.09.59, a delighted Mayne said, “it was really good. I wasn’t really expecting a 1.09, I was expecting a 1.10.0 or 1.09 (high). It was just amazing. I felt really fresh in the water I think, and I just felt so good. In warm up I felt a lot fresher because obviously I only raced one race today, whereas yesterday I had two. But I just felt way more powerful in my stroke and my stroke rates were high. I spent a little more time focusing on my stroke rate and keeping it high.”

Coming to Baku Mayne was focusing on executing her best race, medals were a bonus, “It feels amazing – I wasn’t expecting it at all!! I came here just wanting PBs just racing my best, and I came home with two medals – it feels so good.”

In the Boy’s Medley Relay Team, Team Ireland stormed home with a win in their heat and moving into the tomorrow’s final as the second fastest qualifier with a time of 1.56.69. The quartet of Israel Olatunde (100m), Charles Okafor (200m), Diarmuid O’Connor (300m) and Robert McDonnell (400m) took the lead early, with McDonnell crossing the line ahead of a fast closing Hungary in the closing metres.

“Before the race we decided to give our all and have fun, that’s what it’s all about,” Olatunde said after the race, “We all gave it our all, and we won the heat and are into the final.” A confident McDonnell raced the last leg said, “I saw Israel coming out of the blocks first, and I always knew we would come first.”

In the 3000m Michael Morgan set a new PB finishing with a time of 8.48.41. He started the race ranked ninth and moved up to finish hard and secure sixth place on the line. Speaking after the race the Sligo racer said, “At the start the pace was right in my comfort zone, where I like it to be. After 700m I decided to take a gamble and try and keep the pace going. I wanted to run a big PB if nothing else. It probably took a lot out of me, but I’m happy enough with the race. This is all a learning experience, I’ve so much more to give than that. When the Israeli guy went to the front, he probably ran a 65 second lap. My mind wanted to go with it, but my legs wouldn’t take me with it. I gave it everything anyway.”

Emily MacHugh finished 12th in the Girl’s 5km Race Walk, in a time of 26.26.05, “I trained very hard and I came out here and gave it my all. Unfortunately, today that wasn’t my best day, I gave it the best I could for the circumstances I was in and hopefully I’ll come back stronger next year.”

Athletics is the only sport featuring on tomorrow’s schedule, with John Fanning racing in the 2000m Steeplechase, Ava O’Connor in the 1500m and Aoife O’Sullivan jumps in the High Jump Finals, in which she qualified earlier this week clearing 1.75m.

The EYOF is a European event for athletes aged 14-18 that runs every two years, and Team Ireland is represented by thirty-two athletes across five sports. Baku is hosting the 2019 edition which runs from the 21 – 27 July.

The daily schedule of Team Ireland in Baku can be found HERE

 

Thursday Results

 

SWIMMING

Molly Mayne 100 Breaststroke 3rd – Bronze Medal (1.09.59)

 

ATHLETICS

Michael Morgan 3000m 6th (PB 8.48.41)

Emily MacHugh Race Walk 12th (26.26.05)

Boy’s Medley Relay – Israel Olatunde (100m), Charles Okafor (200m), Diarmuid O’Connor (300m), Robert McDonnell (400m) 1st in Heat (1.56.69)

Rhasidat Adeleke has won a gold medal in the Girl’s 200m at the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Baku today in a time of 23.92. This is the second gold medal that the Tallaght Athletics Club sprinter is bringing home from the EYOF having gone faster than the 24.36 she posted in the qualifying round of the 200m, and beating Hungary’s Mira Koszegi into silver, Serena Kouassi (France) rounded off the podium with bronze.

Adeleke won a gold medal in the 100m earlier this week, and she went into the 200m as favourite. Speaking about winning a double gold she said, “I’m just so happy. It was kind of a late decision to do both events, I was only meant to do one event, so to come away with the two gold is so unexpected. I’m just so happy. I just tried to have a really good bend, really fast, and just hold it for the last 100m. And I kind of felt like I was clear, so I was delighted.

“The Irish support here is amazing, I could hear it so loud when they call your name at the start, and then you hear all the support. It just makes you want to do really well.”

Two gold medals, Rhasidat? How does that feel 💪💪💪

Rhasidat Adeleke reacts to winning her second gold medal at the #EYOF2019 for #TeamIreland 🇮🇪🇮🇪

She won the Girl’s 200m comfortably, adding it to the 100m gold earlier this week🙌🙌@irishathletics 🇮🇪🇮🇪 👑 pic.twitter.com/7xm3w7yUiL

— Team Ireland (@TeamIreland) July 25, 2019

In the cycling Boy’s Road Race Darren Rafferty rode an aggressive race to finish eighth after 75km on the 25km circuit. “It was a really quick race from the off,” he described, “It was really hectic with everyone trying to get off the front. The speed was really high coming out of the first climb. Everyone was racing for positions. I was trying to stay to the front to not lose spaces. I was happy enough with how I was riding up the climb, then back into the descent I was staying around the front, staying comfortable.

“Coming through the feed zones bottles were flying everywhere, all over the ground. But I managed to stick in to the third lap, break of six men up the road and I wasn’t able to catch onto them. GB just blocked the second group. As I hit the bottom of the climb on the second lap I just gave everything I had to try to break away from the main peloton. As I came over the top of the hill I had a bit of a gap, and I just gave everything for the last ten km to try and get a better position because I knew if it came to a sprint I wouldn’t have a chance.”

Adam Gilsenan and Mark McGarry finished in 61st and 82nd positions respectively on the tough course.

In the Girl’s Road Race earlier this morning the course was two laps of the same 25km circuit, and the bunch split up completely early on, Aoife O’Brien was the highest Irish finisher in 47th place today just ahead of Erin Creighton who was 48th. Caoimhe May finished in 72nd place. “After the hill the race split up a lot, and that meant everyone came in bits and pieces,” Mullingar’s O’Brien said after the race.

Swimmer Molly Mayne booked her place in the final of the Girl’s 200m Breaststroke with at time of 1.10.97, the fourth fastest time going into tomorrow’s show down. Disappointed to not get a personal best time, the Dubai based swimmer who won a bronze medal in the 100m Breaststroke last night, was upbeat saying, “It went okay, it was better than this morning. It still wasn’t a personal best, I am just happy I dropped off from this morning.”

Tomorrow will see Molly Mayne compete in the Finals of the 100m Breaststroke at 14:36 Irish time tomorrow. While the Russian who won the 200m event last night is going into the final as a clear favourite, Mayne has qualified with a time within 0.07 seconds of bronze.

On the track high jumper Aoife O’Sullivan opened her EYOF campaign, jumping the 1.75m qualifying height on her first jump – she will now compete in the Final on Saturday.

 

Tommy Connolly ran a great race in the Boy’s 800m to finish fifth in his heat with 1.57.25.

In the Girl’s 2000m Steeplechase Wexford’s Roisin O’Reilly was 11th with a time of 7.21.33.

Tomorrow is a quieter day for Team Ireland in Baku with Mayne in action in swimming, and the Boy’s Medley Relay in the evening. The long wait will be over for Race Walker Emily MacHugh who competes in the 5km race, and Michael Morgan tackles the 3000m Final.

The EYOF is a European event for athletes aged 14-18 that runs every two years, and Team Ireland is represented by thirty-two athletes across five sports. Baku is hosting the 2019 edition which runs from the 21 – 27 July.

The daily schedule of Team Ireland in Baku can be found HERE

 

Thursday Results

 

ATHLETICS

Rhasidat Adeleke 200m GOLD 1st (23.92)

Aoife O’Sullivan High Jump 6th (1.75m)

Tommy Connolly 800m 11th (1.57.25)

Roisin O’Reilly 2000m Steeplechase 18th (7:21:33)

 

 

CYCLING

Darren Rafferty Boy’s Road Race 8th  (+15:50)

Adam Gilsenan Boy’s Road Race 61st (+9:04)

Mark McGarry Boy’s Road Race 82nd (+18:50)

Aoife O’Brien Girl’s Road Race 47th (+7:02)

Erin Creighton Girl’s Road Race 48th (+7:02)

Caoimhe May Girl’s Road Race 72nd (+15:50)

 

SWIMMING

Molly Mayne 100 Breaststroke Semi-Final 4th (1.10.97)

 

Molly Mayne has won a bronze medal in the Girl’s 200m Breaststroke at the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Baku today. The Templeogue Swimming Club swimmer qualified for the final with the third fastest time and held that position throughout the 200m.

The EYOF is a European event for athletes aged 14-18 that runs every two years, and Team Ireland is represented by thirty-two athletes across five sports. Baku is hosting the 2019 edition which runs from the 21 – 27 July.

“It feels great – I’m so happy it’s all I wanted, so it’s the best,” an elated Mayne said after the race. The Dubai based swimmer hadn’t realised she won the bronze on the lane, “At first I thought I was fourth but then I looked again and saw that I got the bronze and I was just so happy!”

Racing a controlled race, Mayne executed the perfect plan, “I went out efficient and controlled trying to build into the wall a little bit. My coach said my turns were the quickest, so I tried to keep that, and I worked my pull outs on every turn.  The second 50 I built it a bit, third 50 I pushed it and had a hard build, and the last 50 I just rang it back and gave it my all. On the third 50 I saw the girl next to me in lane two, I knew she was on my feet, so I just tried to get power out of every kick and gave it my all.”

Mayne will be in action again tomorrow morning, competing in the 100m Breaststroke.

Gymnasts Caoimhe Donohoe and Eve McKibbin also made their EYOF debut in Baku. The youngest members of Team Ireland, savouring the occasion. From Galway, Donohoe finished 63rd in the All Around – scoring particularly high in the beam with 11.80, ranked 28th. Eve McGibbon competed in the Floor Routine only, where she finished 75th.

This year’s event for the gymnasts was all about gaining experience, and both of them relished the experience. “The floor went really well, considering yesterday in the podium it wasn’t the best,” Donohoe said after the competition. “I was able to land my double back which was a big thing for me. My beam went really well, I was happy with the beam.”

Back on the track Sean Donoghue finished 6th in the Boy’s 1500m, knocking thres seconds off his personal best time, crossing the line in 3.58.15. Delighted with his result Donoghue said, “It was fairly quick from the start, the lads were going at a quick pace, I tried to hang on for as long as I could and that was my plan – to hang on and try to get a PB.”

 

In athletics Aimee Hayde finished sixth in the 800m Final. The Tipperary runner qualified earlier this week, finishing second in her heat, and had her eyes on a higher place.

“I am really disappointed, I’m a bit raw now, but tomorrow I’ll realise that I actually came sixth in Europe,” Hayde said after the race in which she started strong, “It was going well for the first 400 and then I got boxed in and I wasn’t mentally prepared for that and I know it’s something I can work on, and hopefully next year.

“I’m only under 17, so I’ll have the under 18s next year, and hopefully I will do well there. It was a great experience – getting thrown against those girls, Sophia Volkmer (Germany) the girl who won it, she’s number one in Europe – it was an honour to race her.”

Tomorrow will see Molly Mayne compete in the 100m Breaststroke in the morning, followed by track action with Rhasidat Adeleke, Aoife O’Sullivan, Tommy Connolly and Roisin O’Reilly. The cyclists will tackle the Road Races also.

The daily schedule of Team Ireland in Baku can be found HERE

 

Evening Results

 

SWIMMING Molly Mayne 200 Breast Final BRONZE

ATHLETICS Sean Donoghue 1500m 6th

ATHLETICS Aimee Hayde 800m FINAL 6th

GYMNASTICS Caoimhe Donohoe All Around 63rd

GYMNASTICS Eve McGibbon Floor 75th

Following her sensational gold medal last night in the 100m, Rhasidat Adeleke was in action again this morning at the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Baku. The Dubliner dominated her heat in the Girl’s 200m to win with a time of 24.36, booking her place in tomorrow’s final with the joint second fastest time.

The EYOF is a European event for athletes aged 14-18 that runs every two years, and Team Ireland is represented by thirty-two athletes across five sports. Baku is hosting the 2019 edition which runs from the 21 – 27 July.

Tofiq Bahranov Stadium was busy on the third day of Irish action for Irish athletes, with mixed fortunes across the team. In the Boy’s 200m Charles Okafor, competing in his first major games, finished sixth in his heat with a time of 22.85.

“It was a good race, it wasn’t my best race, but it is what it is,” the motivated Westmeath athlete said after the race. “You’re running against talented people top athletes from other countries, it’s a very good experience. I’m happy to represent Ireland, to represent my own country, it’s such an honour. It’s my first season to represent Ireland I am just so grateful for that.”

In the second heat of the Boy’s 400m Hurdles, Cian Dunne was disappointed with his fifth place finish in 59.25 saying, “I missed pretty much every hurdle, I had no energy, it just went wrong. It’s been a great experience, and great to get a chance like this and take everything on board that I’ve learnt.”

Hammer Thrower Sean Maher had to settle for 13th in his event, with 56.48, outside his personal best. “I’m severely disappointed and I knew I could perform a lot better than 56m – that’s 12m off what I know what I can throw. But when you’re here you need to compete with the big boys – you need to get a throw in in the first three or you’re not going anywhere.

“I take so much with me, simple things that you can take to the next step and it really helps you bring up your game. I definitely want to come back – the World U20s in Kenya next year, that’s where I know I’m going to show out.”

In the pool, swimmer Ellie McKibbin raced a personal best time in the Girl’s 200m Freestyle to finish eighth in her heat. Her time of 2.07.81 was not enough to advance to the next round. There will be more action in the pool later today, though, when McKibbin’s teammate Molly Mayne competes in the Girl’s 200m Breaststroke, an event in which she has qualified as the third fastest qualifier.

In athletics Aimee Hayde competes in the final of the Girl’s 800m, after qualifying straight from her heat earlier this week, and Sean Donoghue makes his EYOF debut in the 1500m later today.

Gymnasts Caoimhe Donohoe and Eve McGibbon make their debut also at the EYOF this afternoon. Galway’s Renmore Gymnastics Club gymnast Donohoe will take on the All-Around, while Salto Lisburn Gymnastic Club’s McGibbon competes on the Floor. Both start in Subdivision ¾.

The daily schedule of Team Ireland in Baku can be found HERE

 

Morning Results

 

SWIMMING Ellie McKibbin 200 Freestyle 8th in heat (2.07.81)

ATHLETICS Sean Maher Hammer Throw 13th (56.48)

ATHLETICS Cian Dunne 400m Hurdles 5th in heat (59.25)

ATHLETICS Rhasidat Adeleke 200m 1st in heat (24.36)

ATHLETICS Charles Okafor 200m 6th in heat (22.85)

 

STILL TO COME TODAY

 

GYMNASTICS Caoimhe Donohoe All Around

GYMNASTICS Eve McGibbon Floor

SWIMMING Molly Mayne 200 Breast Final

ATHLETICS Sean Donoghue 1500m

ATHLETICS Aimee Hayde 800m FINAL

 

Rhasidat Adeleke stormed home in first place in the Girl’s 100m at the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Baku today. Winning her first gold medal, the Dubliner crossed the line comfortably in a time of 11.70 ahead of Johanna Klymanen (Finland) and Cheyenne Kuhn (Germany).

Adeleke won a silver medal in the last edition of the EYOF in 2017, competing in the 200m, as well as bronze in the Girl’s 4 x 100m. She competes in the Girl’s 200m on Thursday.

Speaking after her race an ecstatic Adeleke said, “I just felt like I got a decent enough start. I tried to execute my race doing what my coach told me to – just drive, drive, drive. And hopefully by 60m I would try to pull away, and I think what I did. This is what I’ve been praying for all season, and to get the gold – I’m so happy. I’m ecstatic.”

Swimmer Molly Mayne has qualified for the final of the Girl’s 200m Breaststroke with a personal best time of 2.30.06. She qualified for the final which takes place tomorrow evening with the third fastest time.

On the track in Tofiq Bahranov Stadium, Israel Olatunde finished seventh in the Boy’s 100m, and in the Decathlon Diarmuid O’Connor scored multiple PBs throughout the five events today – winning the opening 110m Hurdles and the final 1500m. This put him in a final position of sixth in the Decathlon with a total of 6762.

“To get the first in the 15, I was happy – it was a reasonable time for me as well, so in these conditions, I’m over the moon, on a high. It was a brilliant day – it makes up for yesterday anyway. I’m happy with my performance – there are guys here who are world class, so even to compete with them, it’s amazing. I’ve learnt so much – hopefully way more to come and a lot of improvements.”

Ciara Sheehy was forced to settle for 10th in the Shot Put Final with a distance of 15.10, not quite throwing the personal best 16.0m she threw in yesterday’s qualifying rounds. Conor Cusack finished 11th with a throw of 61.03.

Mark McGarry was the top finisher in the Boy’s Time Trial at the Velo Park, finishing the 10km course in a time of 14.12.62 in 31st place. Finishing just behind in 32nd was Adam Gilsenan with 14.15.69 in 32nd. Darren Rafferty completed the race against the clock in a time of 14.32.85.

All cyclists will be in action again on Thursday, when they compete in the Road Races. The Girl’s Road Race is 50km long – two laps of a 25km circuit. Using the same circuit the Boy’s race is three laps – 75km.

The EYOF is a European event for athletes aged 14-18 that runs every two years. Baku is hosting the 2019 edition which runs from the 21 – 27 July.

The daily schedule of Team Ireland in Baku can be found HERE

Evening Results

 

Athletics

ATHLETICS Rhasidat Adeleke Girl’s 100m with 11.70

ATHLETICS Diarmuid O’Connor Decathlon 6th with 6762

ATHLETICS Israel Olatunde 7th with 10.82

ATHLETICS Ciara Sheehy 10th with 15.10

ATHLETICS Conor Cusack 11th with 61.03

 

Cycling

CYCLING Mark McGarry Boy’s Time Trials – 31st with 14.12.62

CYCLING Adam Gilsenan Boy’s Time Trials – 32nd with 14.15.69

CYCLING Darren Rafferty Boy’s Time Trials – 48th with 14.34.85

 

Swimming

SWIMMING Molly Mayne 200m Breast SF – QF 2.30.06 as 3rd fastest

 

DAILY RESULTS

On a windy morning in Baku, Team Ireland athletes were competing in athletics, cycling and swimming at the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF). The EYOF is a European event for athletes aged 14-18 that runs every two years. Baku is hosting the 2019 edition which runs from the 21 – 27 July.

In athletics Diarmuid O’Connor was the first in action competing in the decathlon, starting the day lying in sixth position and winning the hurdles, his strongest event. Swimmer Molly Mayne booked her place in this evening’s semi-final of the Girl’s 200m Breaststroke, and Caoimhe May was the top finisher in Girl’s 10m Time Trial. Robert McDonnell was competing in the Boy’s 400m, where he ran a personal best time in the heats.

In this evening’s session all eyes will be on Rhasidat Adeleke in the Girl’s 100m Final at 17:35 Irish time. Also competing in finals on the track are Israel Olatunde in the Boy’s 100m and Ciara Sheehy in the Girl’s Shotput, as well as Conor Cusack in the Javelin.

The semi-finals of the Girl’s 200m Breaststroke at 14:52 will see swimmer Mayne in action once more, and at the Velo Park cyclists Adam Gilsenan, Darren Rafferty and Mark McGarry tackle the Boy’s Time Trial.

DETAILED BREAKDOWN BY SPORT BELOW

SWIMMING

Swimmer Molly Mayne qualified for the semi-finals of the Girl’s 200m Breaststroke at the EYOF with a time of 2.32.67 – the sixth fastest time of the day. The time was just outside her personal best, but the Templeogue Swimming Club racer performed well.

“It was okay, not a season’s best, but I felt I swam it well and felt I did my best,” Mayne commented after her race. “On the first 50 I tried to take it out fast but not too fast keeping my stroke efficient. Then I tried to work on my pull out on the second 50 and just a slight build. Then on the third 50 I tried to put a stronger build and get my rate up, and then on the last one I tried to get my rate up as fast as I could.”

The Dubai based swimmer with Galway heritage will be back in action again at 14:52 Irish time.

CYCLING

Orwell Wheelers cyclist Caoimhe May was the top finisher for Team Ireland in the Girl’s Time Trial at the Velo Park in Baku today. In tricky, windy conditions the Dublin rider finished the 10km course in a time of 17.01.66, 2.25.41 behind race winner Zoe Backstedt from GB.

Erin Creighton finished 30 seconds further back in 51st with 17.31.06, and Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Aoife O’Brien was 59th in a time of 17.53.82.

Speaking after the race, May described a hard day on the bike, where she left everything on the road, “It was more or less a headwind to the first corner, I tried to get across to the other side to get some wind block from the barrier in the middle and the wind wouldn’t let me. I was leaning into the side and trying to turn my wheel and there was no hope of me getting across!

“It was a bit of a tailwind up the first part of the hill, but coming towards the top was absolutely awful! I hit a max heartrate and had a headwind right up to the top. I couldn’t have gone any harder. It was hard work all the way.”

In the Time Trial riders race individually against the clock at one minute intervals. May caught her ‘Minute Person’ coming towards the finish, “About halfway down the hill when it started going into the wind towards the finish I caught the girl who started a minute ahead of me so I was happy enough with that. You start to feel fairly confident then, it gives you more of a push when you know you are closing in on someone – it’s good.”

Erin Creighton

Aoife O'Brien

ATHLETICS

At the Tofiq Bahranov Stadium Robert McDonnell buried himself in the Boy’s 400m to finish with a massive personal best of 48.42, just outside qualifying standard.

Diarmuid O’Connor was also in action competing in the Boy’s Decathlon, where he now lies in 7th position going into the eighth event with 5187 points. The Bandon all rounder had a phenomenal evening last night when he smashed his PB in the high jump, today he went one better winning the 110m hurdles. Norway’s Sander Skotheim now leads with a total of 5681 points, with the pole vault, javelin and the final 1500m race left in the competition.

 

The daily schedule of Team Ireland in Baku can be found HERE

 

Morning Results

 

Athletics

ATHLETICS Diarmuid O’Connor Decathlon, after  7 events lying 7th.

ATHLETICS Robert McDonnell 400m heats – 4th in Heat, PB of 48.42

 

Cycling

CYCLING Aoife O’Brien Girl’s Time Trials – 59th with 17.53.82

CYCLING Caoimhe May Girl’s Time Trials – 39th with 17.01.66

CYCLING Erin Creighton Girl’s Time Trials – 51st with 17.31.06

 

Swimming

SWIMMING Molly Mayne 200m Breast – 6th fastest qualifier for SF with 2.32.67

 

 

It is a busy day for Team Ireland on Tuesday 23 July at the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Baku, with athletes competing in Athletics, Cycling and Swimming.

The EYOF is a multi-sport event for athletes aged 13-18 and takes place every two years. It is run by the European Olympic Committees, and this year's event is hosted by Baku, with many of the events taking place in the same venues that were used in the inaugural European Games in 2015.

SCHEDULE AND RESULTS WHEN AVAILABLE: 

06:00 ATHLETICS Diarmuid O’Connor Decathlon (throughout day)

07:06 SWIMMING Molly Mayne 200m Breast

07:09 CYCLING Aoife O’Brien Girl’s Time Trials

07:33 CYCLING Caoimhe May Girl’s Time Trials

07:40 ATHLETICS Robert McDonnell  400

08:01 CYCLING Erin Creighton Girl’s Time Trials

14:13 CYCLING Darren Rafferty Boy’s Time Trial

14:43 CYCLING Adam Gilsenan Boy’s Time Trial

15:20 ATHLETICS Ciara Sheehy Shot Put FINAL

15:45 CYCLING Mark McGarry Boy’s Time Trial

16:30 ATHLETICS Conor Cusack Javelin Final

17:34 ATHLETICS Rhasidat Adeleke 100 Final

17:34 ATHLETICS Israel Olatunde 100 Final

Team Ireland had a packed day on the first day of Irish competition at the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Baku. In the first final event on the programme for Ireland, Race Walker Oisin Lane finished just outside the podium with a fourth place in the 10km Race Walk.

Today was the second day of competition at the multi-sport event for youth athletes, with athletes in action across athletics, swimming and tennis. The gymnasts also participated in their podium event.

It was a great start for the athletics team, with athletes scoring personal bests and progressing to the next rounds in their events. In the Girl’s 100m Rhasidat Adeleke kicked off her second EYOF in style by crossing the line first with a time of 11.87.

The EYOF is a European event for athletes aged 14-18 that runs every two years. Baku is hosting the 2019 edition which runs from the 21 – 27 July.

FULL BREAKDOWN BY SPORT BELOW

ATHLETICS

At the Tofiq Bahranov Stadium, the athletics team enjoyed a successful morning with one final to be decided – the Boy’s 10km Race Walk, where Oisin Lane finished just outside the medals in fourth place.

The Westmeath man started strongly leading the field around the first lap, by the 6km mark Lane found himself in the silver medal position just behind the dominant Italian Gabriele Gamba.

“I was surprised with how it went; I knew I was in with a shot going into it, but I didn’t really know what to expect,” Lane said after the race. “6km in and I was in second place, but I had over extended, I worked too hard, I think. I got a third red card and went into the pit lane for a full minute and went back to fourth, when I came back, I was too tired to catch your man.”

 

Rhasidat Adeleke didn’t disappoint in the Girl’s 100m Heats, finishing first in her heat. Her race was not without controversy, though, with her morning heat being re-run in the evening, due to a recall for a false start.

Undeterred Adeleke delivered another top performance in the evening, qualifying for the final with a time of 11.87, just 0.04 seconds behind Belgian Mariam Oulare.

Speaking after the race she said, “Obviously it was a surprise that I’d be running again, but I just tried to execute race without putting on too much effort so that I’m fresh enough for the final tomorrow. I feel like I cruised a bit too much at the end because I could feel someone under me, but I’m happy with the race overall.”

Bandon’s Diarmuid O’Connor had a mixed day in the decathlon and is now lying 6th with 3569 going into the second day. The clear highlight was the massive personal best he jumped in the high jump, his fourth event. Going into the competition O’Connor’s PB was 1.81m and on the day he cleared 1.94m!

Thrilled with his jump, O’Connor said, “without a doubt the high jump was the highlight, it was surreal. I think I had a poor long jump before it and my head was in a different place and I knew I had to come back. That high jump though, I don’t know how to describe it.”

Earlier in the day Ciara Sheehy threw a personal best in the shot put with her 16.0m qualifying her directly into the final. Aimee Hayde was competing in the 800m shortly after, finishing second with 2.14.16 booking her place in the final.

Israel Olatunde finished 3rd in a fast heat qualifying as the fastest non-automatic qualifier in the Boy’s 100m with 10.75 seconds. Caoimhe Cronin clocked a personal best outdoor time in the 400m with 57.30 seconds

 

SWIMMING

 

Ellie McKibbin finished tenth in her heat of the Girl’s 100m Freestyle with a time of 59.1 seconds. This was just outside her personal best time of 58.76 which she recorded in March at the Swim Ireland qualifying meet. The first five qualified through to the semi-finals, and McKibbin now switches focus to the 200m Freestyle later this week.

 

“This morning was a little bit tough in a new environment, I was quick off the blocks, a good start. Although when I hit the turn I didn’t hit it quite right so was a little slow on the second 50, but hopefully I learnt a few things that will help with the 200 on Wednesday.”

 

TENNIS

 

Team Ireland had two athletes competing in the singles events today. Sligo’s Cliona Walsh eased into her match, losing the first set to Ida Johannson from Sweden 6-3 before leading at one point in the second set, and eventually losing in a tie-break.

 

“It was a tough match, a tough one to lose, 6-3, 7-6,” Walsh said after the match. “I kept it close in the second set and I had my chances and I made her work for it. She was left handed which I don’t usually play against, so I had to adjust my serve. She had a good forehand, and I was just trying to keep away from that. got better as the match went on, which definitely showed on the score line. I got on top of a few of the rallies without her dictating it.”

 

In the Boy’s Singles, Waterford’s Arthur O’Sullivan started strong with an ace against GB’s Yujiro Onuma. His first set didn’t go his way, losing 6-3, but like Walsh O’Sullivan found his stride in the second set, but had to bow out to Onuma who took the second set 7-5.

 

Tomorrow will be another busy one for Team Ireland with athletes from swimming, cycling, gymnastics and athletics competing.

 

The daily schedule of Team Ireland in Baku can be found HERE

 

Daily Results

 

Athletics

Boy’s Decathlon Diarmuid O’Connor lying 6th with 3569 after five events

Girl’s Shotput Ciara Sheehy Q. for Final with 16.0m 3rd in heat, 5th overall

Girl’s 800m Aimee Hayde 2nd in heat and through to final with a time of 2.14.26

Girl’s 100m Rhasidat Adeleke 1st in heat and second fastest qualifier with 11.87

Boy’s 100m Israel Olatunde 3rd in heat and through to final with 10.75

Girl’s 400m Caoimhe Cronin 6th in heat with 57.30

Boy’s 10k Race Walk Oisin Lane

 

Swimming

Girl’s 100m Freestyle Ellie McKibbin 10th with 59.10.

 

Tennis

Boy’s Singles Yujiro Onuma (GB) Vs Arthur O’Sullivan 6-3, 7-5

Girl’s Singles Ida Johansson (Sweden) Vs Cliona Walsh (IRL) 6-3, 7-6

 

It was a busy day for Team Ireland at the EYOF in Baku with Athletics, Swimming and Tennis all featuring on the schedule:

06:00 SWIMMING Ellie McKibbin 100m Freestyle

 

06:00 TENNIS Arthur O’Sullivan Boy’s Singles

06:00 ATHLETICS Diarmuid O’Connor Decathlon (throughout day)

06:20 ATHLETICS Ciara Sheehy Shot Put

06:50 ATHLETICS Aimee Hayde 800m

07:20 ATHLETICS Rhasidat Adeleke 100m

07:50 ATHLETICS Israel Olatunde 100m

09:00 TENNIS Cliona Walsh Girl’s Singles

09:30 GYMNASTICS Podium Eve McGibbon, Caoimhe Donohoe

15:55 ATHLETICS Caoimhe Cronin 400m

17:05 ATHLETICS Oisin Lane 10km Race Walk

 

 

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