Monday July 15th, 2016
Badminton Men’s Single Round of 16
Lost 2-0 (21-16, 21-12) to Viktor Axelsen (DEN)
Scott Evans was given a hero’s send-off to his history making campaign in the Men’s Badminton Singles Competition.
A straight sets defeat (21-16, 21-12) to Viktor Axelsen in the Round of 16 was his first of the tournament, having advanced from Group K with a 2-0 record.
Evans admitted after losing to the World Number 4 that a lack of energy made it difficult to play with customary aggression.
He still managed to go on a 6-0 run in the second set with some eyecatching smashes to the sideline, but a long drive on set point handed the Dane the win.
Having been on the receiving end of a partisan crowd in the group stages, Evans was boosted by a raucous Team Ireland attendance.
His compatriots from the Men’s Hockey squad cheered him off the court with their own version of the ‘Full Evans’
Diving Men’s 3m Springboard Preliminary – Oliver Dingley
13th in 399.80
Ireland’s second ever Olympic diver became the first to make a semi-final as Oliver Dingley advanced from the Men’s 3m Springboard Preliminary, comfortably in 13th position.
A strong second dive (Forward 3½ Somersaults) of 74.40 moved him into the qualification spots before a 48.0 in his penultimate dive (Reverse 2½ Somersaults) left him in need of a strong finish to go safely through.
Dingley responded with his best score of the day in his highest tariff dive (Back 2½ Somersaults 1½ Twists) and a 78.20 easily qualified him as one of the best 18 divers.
Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle – Judy Reynolds & Vancouver K
18th with 75.696%
Judy Reynolds signed off her individual dressage campaign with an 18th position in today’s Grand Prix Freestyle.
The medal event was set to music and the Reynolds/Vancouver K combination moved to the sounds of the 5th Dimension, Moody Blue and Roger Miller.
The final score of 75.696% was an average of 79.143% for Artistic and 72.250% for technical. It was a first Team Ireland appearance at this event since 1992.
Boxing Women’s Light (57-60kg) Quarter-Final – Katie Taylor
Lost by split decision to Mira Potkonen (FIN)
Defending Olympic Champion Katie Taylor couldn’t contain her disappointment in the aftermath of losing by split decision to Mira Potkonen in the Light Weight Quarter-Final.
Taylor felt she was ready for her first outing, but the Finn looked tuned up from her preliminary bout and produced a rugged performance to hit hard in all four rounds.
Judge A gave the fight to Taylor 39-37, with Judge C favouring Potkonen by the same margin. Judge B scored the fight all square, but ultimately went with the Finn for her strong second round performance.
Katie Taylor admits it has been a very difficult year as she reflects on losing Olympic crown https://t.co/mrA7PmWJhl
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) August 15, 2016
Men’s 400m Hurdles Heat 4 – Thomas Barr
2nd in 48.83 (q) (sb)
It was all smiles for Thomas Barr, who has reached the semi-finals of the Olympic 400m hurdles at the first attempt.
Barr’s performance featured a near perfect stride-pattern and a strong finish to cross the line in a season’s best 48.83.
Keisuke Nozawe (JAP) led from start to finish in Lane 7, leaving the Waterford man in a three-way battle with Eric Cray (PHI) and Jaheel Hyde (JAM) for the two remaining automatic qualification spots..
His time ranked 10th overall in a field of 47.
— Thomas Barr (@TomBarr247) August 15, 2016
Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Final – Sara Treacy
17th in 9:52.70
“I gave it my all,” said Sara Treacy in the aftermath of the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase final.
The 27 year old finished 17th in a time of 9:52.70, with gold going to Ruth Jebet who missed out on the world record by .94 of a second.
Treacy had reached the final after an appeal for being tripped up in the heats and managed to avoid a prone Fabian Schlumpf (SUI), who clipped the barrier with four laps remaining.
Sailing Laser Radial – Annalise Murphy
Medal Race Postponed
Sailing 49er FX – Andrea Brewster & Saskia Tidey
Race 7: 19th, Race 8: 6th, Race 9: 18th Current Overall Ranking: 12th
Sailing Men’s 49er – Matt McGovern & Ryan Seaton
Race 7: 13th, Race 8: 7th, Race 9: 13th Current Overall Ranking: 7th
As Team Ireland fans waited in vain for Annalise Murphy to fight for an Olympic medal in the Women’s Laser Radial (A long delay due to low windspeed ended with postponement because of high winds towards the end of the day), two Irish crews kept in contention to make the medal events in their respective events.
Saskia Tidey & Andrea Brewster consolidated their 12th spot in the 49er FX class with a sixth place in Race 8 proving the highlight of the day.
Matt McGovern and Ryan Seaton have dropped from 4th to 7th overall in their 49er class, despite fighting back from 12th to finish 7th in their Race 8.
— Team Ireland (@olympiccouncil) August 15, 2016