This week’s update includes a number of activities across our Olympic community – with international competitions taking place in Taekwondo, Golf and Cycling, all detailed below. Also, this week’s interview is with Judoka Megan Fletcher, who is currently sitting inside Olympic qualification in 14th place – she talks about training in her parent’s garden centre during lockdown and why she’s pleased to be back competing, as well as a change in the Judo calendar for 2021.

Megan Fletcher competes in the -70kg category in Judo

The Olympic qualification status of the athletes can be found AT THIS LINK which will be regularly updated. While many athletes are currently training from home, with little competition, see below a summary of sports which will see Irish Olympic hopefuls in action this coming weekend. This weekly update is provided in collaboration with the various National Governing Bodies, and the press officer contact details for each sport is provided below.  

Olympic Federation of Ireland Updates

There was a significant moment last week at the General Assembly of the EOC, which saw the Olympic Federation of Ireland table a motion for a minimum 30% gender balance on the Executive Committee of the EOC. This motion was passed by a majority of 88%.

Next week will see the OFI EGM take place on the 8 December, where voting will take place for positions on the Executive Board - nine candidates are in the running for seven places. Read more here.

Beijing 2022

The accreditation process for the Winter Olympics in Beijing 2022 is currently open – the Games take place from the 4-20 February 2022, and if anyone is interested in applying for a press accreditation, please contact me. 

Boxing

This week the IOC Boxing Task Force announced that the resumption of the European Boxing Road to Tokyo event has been officially scheduled to return to London on the 22-26 April 2021. The event serves as the continuation (following the suspension of the event after its third day of competition on 16 March) of the Olympic Boxing qualifier for the European nations and will allocate the remaining 61 Olympic quota spots reserved for the continent in the Olympic Games.

Cycling

Chris McGlinchey will represent Ireland at the inaugural 2020 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships which take place from the 8-9 December. Competition takes place over Zwift – more information can be found HERE. And follow the Cycling Ireland social media channels for updates.

Equestrian

Last week saw more success for Horse Sport Ireland, with the Show Jumping team achieving more podium success at the Nations Cup thanks to a third place finish for the Irish in a 17 team strong field - FULL REPORT HERE

Golf

Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire are back in action again this week at the Volunteers of America Classic – one of the last events for them pre-Christmas. Full details of the event can be found HERE with Irish specific updates on the ILGU twitter feed.

Judo

Competition has already begun in Judo with Olympic ranking events resuming. In an ordinary Olympic year, this ranking closes in April, but following the postponement of the Games and a rescheduling of events, the Olympic qualification calendar has been restructured. Next year qualification ranking events will run up until June 2021, with three major competitions taking place in that time – the first being the World Master’s in January. This week Megan Fletcher heads to a training camp in Austria, where she will train with some of the top Judokas in her event – the -70kg category. She SPOKE TO US about how she has dealt with the rollercoaster of a year 2020 has been, and how she looks forward to 2021. Transcript is available on request.

Currently Megan and her brother sit inside qualification for Tokyo, with Nathon Burns marginally outside qualification.  

Taekwondo

Jack Woolley has already qualified a spot for Ireland in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and he returns to competition next week, with the European Championships Olympic Weight Categories, which takes place in Bosnia on the 10th December. Last week we chatted to Jack about his journey to Olympic qualification and how he has been getting on during lockdown. Again, transcript available on request.

Volleyball

As part of Volleyball Ireland’s Inspiring Players Series, they have lined up all time great and triple Olympic Gold Medallist Kerri Walsh Jennings as a guest speaker next Monday 7th December. For more details go HERE and follow Volleyball Ireland HERE.

The IOC Boxing Task Force is happy to announce that the resumption of the European Boxing Road to Tokyo event has now been officially scheduled to return to London on 22-26 April 2021.

The event serves as the continuation (following the suspension of the event after its third day of competition on 16 March 2020) of the Olympic Boxing qualifier for the European nations and will allocate the remaining 61 Olympic quota spots reserved for the continent in the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Three time Gold Medallist Kerri Walsh Jennings is the latest guest on Volleyball Ireland’s Inspiring Players Series

Volleyball Ireland are delighted to announce that the next guest on our Inspiring Players Series is Kerri Walsh Jennings – unarguably the greatest beach volleyball player of all time.  

The Californian will be sharing some insights and experiences of her unrivalled career, where she claimed three Olympic Gold Medals, three consecutive World Championships and 112 consecutive victories with partner Misty May Treanor, which spanned a record 19 different events. Kerri Walsh is also the top earning female Beach Volleyball player of all time win over €2.5m in tournament winnings.

Announcing the event Kerri said, “As a proud American of Irish descent, I am honoured and a bit giddy about this upcoming experience with Volleyball Ireland. One of the biggest gifts of my 30 years of experience has been the wisdom I’ve earned and certainly the biggest gift of all the heartache and pain I’ve endured, is that I get to share that insight and those learnings with other athletes who can learn from it as well ... in a less painful way.

The event will be broadcast live on Volleyball Ireland’s YouTube Channel on Monday December 7th, 8pm with members of the Volleyball Ireland community invited to submit questions to Kerri in advance via gm@volleyballireland.com (Subject: Kerri Qs). The chat is ideally aimed at players, coaches and parents alike.

Kerri added, “This will be great fun and I’m excited for the athletes, coaches, parents and anyone who is a high performing human (or an aspiring one!) to join us. Bring your questions! I’m ALL YOURS !!!"

Kerri is currently working towards the re-scheduled 2021 Tokyo Olympics Games with new partner Brooke Sweat, alongside her vocation of motivating and inspiring athletes of tomorrow through her online platform p1440. We highly recommend you check it out.

There are only 1,440 minutes in each day, how will you use yours today?

Cycling Ireland is pleased to announce Chris McGlinchey has been selected to represent Ireland at the 2020 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships.

The inaugural Cycling Esports World Championships will take place on Zwift, the global online training and racing platform for athletes, from 8-9 December 2020. Athletes will race virtually from their homes and will compete over the same route and distance on the Watopia course.

McGlinchey has been an early advocate of eRacing and enjoyed great success in the Cycling Ireland Zwift League and with his UCI Continental Team, Vitus Pro Cycling Team p/b Brother UK. McGlinchey was the outright winner of the Cycling Ireland Zwift League, which became Ireland’s largest sporting event throughout the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to his league victory, McGlinchey has been the top-ranked rider on the Zwift platform worldwide and taken victories over the likes of two-time Tour de France stage winner Thomas de Gendt.

The inaugural winners will claim the prestigious rainbow jersey which they will be able to wear during any sanctioned cycling esports events in 2021. McGlinchey will wear Ireland kit designed by Cycling Ireland’s Technical Kit Supplier Spin11 in the virtual peloton. The Ireland kit will be available for athletes joining Cycling Ireland’s series of Group Workouts on Zwift every Tuesday at 7pm.

For more information on the 2020 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships, visit the UCI website

Ireland record another Nations Cup podium finish after thrilling battle in Spain

For the second week in-a-row, the Irish Show Jumping team, managed by Michael Blake, have finished in third place in FEI Nations Cup competition - this time at Vejer De La Frontera in Spain. A massive 17 teams lined out at the Spanish venue, for a competition that had been rescheduled when heavy rain forced the postponement of the competition just before it was due to start on Friday.

Ireland started superbly and were in a share of the lead at the halfway stage. Three clear rounds from Mark McAuley with Jasco VD Bisschop owned by Scea la Tuiliere, Michael G Duffy with the Carl Hanley-owned Lapuccino 2 (ISH) and Cameron Hanley with his own ESI Toulouse (ISH) meant Ireland's last rider Denis Lynch didn't need to jump in the first round with the Onyx Consulting-owned Cristello.

Only the top 8 teams from the 17 starters made it through to the second round with Ireland and Egypt on zero being chased by Denmark on 2 faults, Germany and Sweden on four faults, while Morocco, Portugal and Brazil also make it through to the second round on five faults. Many of the world's top teams missed out on a place in the second round including Britain, The Netherlands, France, Italy and the home team from Spain.

The start of the second round saw McAuley complete an excellent double clear performance and it looked at that stage that Ireland could be set for victory. However Nations Cup jumping can change in a flash and four fault rounds from both Duffy and Hanley, along with three clear rounds from the Germany team, put the pressure onto Ireland's anchor rider Denis Lynch. The Tipperary native needed to jump clear to force a jump-off and he left all the fences standing with Cristello, however a foot in the water would end Ireland's hopes of a win.

It was a second victory in the space of a week for the Germans after they had also won at Vilamoura in Portugal. They completed on a score of four faults while Denmark finished as runners-up on six faults and Ireland took third on eight faults. Brazil (10) finished fourth, with Sweden and Egypt sharing fifth on 12 faults. Morocco finished seventh on 14 faults while Portugal rounded off the top eight on 25 faults.

Afterwards team manager Michael Blake (pictured) reflected on a season where despite the huge disruption caused by Covid-19,  Ireland have increased their pool of riders ahead of what promises to be a hectic year in 2021:

"We again tried out a couple of new horses and a completely different team to the one from last week in Portugal. It was disappointing that our lead ebbed away in the second round," said Blake. "We again finished on the podium and that means we have finished on the podium five times from the six Nations Cup's during a year in which we had huge disruption to the Nations Cup calendar. I want to thank all of the riders and the owners from today and throughout the past 12 months. We have strengthened our pool of horses and riders and have a lot to look forward to next year which includes an Olympic Games, European Championships and hopefully a full Nations Cup campaign."

BREEDING
Lapuccino 2 (ISH) – 2008 stallion by SIEC Livello (HOLST) out of Cabaret III (BHD). Breeder: Sven Kapp, Co. Galway. Owner: Carl Hanley Sporthorses GmbH. Rider: Michael G Duffy (IRL)
ESI Toulouse (ISH) – 2011 bay gelding by SIEC Livello (HOLST) out of Catina (BWP), by Quasimodo VD Molendreef (BWP). Bred by Cian O’Connor, Co Meath. Owner/rider: Cameron Hanley (IRL)

Last weekend we had a number of highlights from Equestrian and Golf, with a round up of those medal winning performances from Eventer Cathal Daniels and Golfer Stephanie Meadows. This weekend will be another relatively quiet one, and we have also included an interview with Jack Woolley who is preparing for his first competition since the pandemic started. For anyone interested in getting the transcript, it is available on request.  

The Olympic qualification status of the athletes can be found AT THIS LINK which will be regularly updated. While many athletes are currently training from home, with little competition, see below a summary of sports which will see Irish Olympic hopefuls in action this coming weekend. This weekly update is provided in collaboration with the various National Governing Bodies, and the press officer contact details for each sport is provided below.  

Olympic Federation of Ireland Updates

Dare to Believe on RTÉ After School Hub Winter Games – Following last week’s announcement of FBD’s sponsorship of the programme several of the Dare to Believe ambassadors have featured on RTÉ’s After School Hub Winter Games. The aim of this has been to introduce younger children to the Olympic sports in a fun and interactive way.

Equestrian

Last weekend Ireland’s 2019 European Championship bronze medallist in Eventing Cathal Daniels (Galway) continued his preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games with a commanding win in the feature CC14*_S at the Portugal Winter Tour in Barroca d’Alva. While this event held a chance for some international athletes to achieve the qualification standard needed for the Games, it was not relevant to Ireland, who have already made history with full teams qualified in all disciplines – Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping. Full report HERE.

Golf

After a three week break Stephanie Meadows and Leona Maguire were competing in the Pelican Women’s Championship Presented by Dex Imaging & Konica Minolta in Belleair, Florida from the 19-22 November. Stephanie finished third on the LPGA tour, which sees her jump a couple of places to 38th in the Olympic rankings. Leona finished T53, and also has jumped a few spots to 43rd in Olympic rankings.

Stephanie Meadow credited the huge team behind her after matching her career best LPGA Tour finish with a third place result at the Pelican Women’s Championship.

Playing in the final group alongside eventual champion Sei Young Kim and Ally McDonald, the Jordanstown professional recovered from bogeys at her opening two holes to post a hard-fought one-under par round of 69 for a nine-under par tournament total and a podium finish. The result ties her career-best performance, last earned at the 2014 US Women’s Open and is proof that the hard work is paying off for the now 28-year old. Full report HERE

Swimming

Saturday (28th Nov) is the final week of Swim Ireland Performance Athletes Time Trial Series. Athletes who have been training at the National Sports Campus, UL Sport and in Bangor will race against each other in the third of the series at the NAC. This is the first time that athletes will come together with the previous two race days held in their home pools as virtual races.

Taekwondo

This week’s interview was with Ireland’s Taekwondo star, Jack Woolley. Earlier this year Jack successfully secured Ireland’s first every spot in Taekwondo, competing in the -58kg category. In this interview (transcript available on request), Jack talks about some of the strategic decisions that were made when planning competitions that ultimately led to Olympic qualification, and also about the strides that he has made in his own training during lockdown.

Next week Woolley travels to Bosnia, where he will prepare for competition in the European Championships which takes place on the 10 December. WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE.

Ireland’s 2019 European Championship bronze medallist Cathal Daniels continued his preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games, with a commanding win in the feature CCI4*-S at this weekend’s Portugal Winter Tour in Barroca d’Alva.

The Portugal Winter Tour is a chance for some international athletes to achieve the qualification standard needed for the Tokyo Olympic Games, thankfully however Ireland has already qualified full teams for the Games in Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping.

Galway native Daniels led from start to finish in the CCI4*-S with the Sarah Hughes-owned gelding Barrichello, and they were the only combination to finish on their Dressage score (29.7), while Daniels also took sixth place with My Lucky Day on a score of 40.1.

In the CCSI3*-S, Daniels also came close to victory and finished as runner-up with The Irish Sport Horse Shannondale Mari (ISH) on a score of 35.5, while Jennifer Kuehnle finished fourth with Polly Blue Eyes.

The Portugal Winter Tour continues until December 6th, with two more weeks of International competitions on offer.

The Irish Show Jumping team, managed by Michael Blake and sponsored by Devenish & The Underwriting Exchange, have finished in a share of third place in today’s (Tuesday) FEI Nations Cup at Vilamoura in Portugal.

Sligo’s Richard Howley was Ireland’s best performer in the first round after he produced a perfect clear with Arlo De Blondel, a chestnut gelding owned by Sarah Borthwick and HK Horses. Derry’s David Simpson riding Foudre F, owned by Breen Equestrian and Quirke Sport Horses, looked to be also heading for a first round clear but the troublesome final fence fell to leave them with four faults. Galway’s Michael Duffy and the HMF Equestrian-owned gelding Zilton SL Z also finished the first round on four faults, while Tipperary’s Shane Breen and Z7 Ipswich, owned by Team Z7 were the first round discard score. That left Ireland in a tie for third place at the halfway stage on eight faults, with an incredibly tight leaderboard leaving just one fence separating the top seven teams.

Only the top eight teams from the 12 starters made it through to the second round, with Belgium, Argentina, Switzerland and Spain all missing the cut. Breen and Z7 Ipswich finished with just a single fence down in the second round, while Simpson and Foudre F repeated their first round score of four faults. Howley and Arlo De Blondel also lowered just a single fence on their second outing, while Duffy ensured Ireland finished on a high with a perfect clear when last to go with Zilton SL Z who is just a nine-year-old.

That left Ireland on a final score of 16 faults, to share third spot with Italy and Great Britain. Victory went to Germany on 8 faults, while France took runner-up spot on 13 faults. The home team from Portugal finished sixth ahead of The Netherlands in seventh and Brazil in eighth place.


Speaking afterwards, Irish Show Jumping team manager Michael Blake (pictured) was particularly pleased with three new horses who were jumping on their first Nations Cup outing:

“It was a very competitive Nations Cup. Obviously we came here to win and we didn’t manage to do that but the important thing is we tried out three new horses that never jumped in a Nations Cup before, [Foudre F, Arlo De Blondel and Zilton SL Z] and they all performed really well.

“We had a few little mistakes and one fence less would have left us in second and I am happy with that when trying some new young horses, plus we maintained our run of podium finishes which is good. The lads all gave it everything and we are very grateful to them, to the owners of their horses and to our sponsors,” Blake concluded. Ireland will be in Nations Cup action again on Friday November 27th at Vejer De La Frontera in Spain.

Irish Show Jumping team manager Michael Blake has named his squad for the three-star FEI Nations Cup which takes place at Vilamoura in Portugal this Tuesday November 17th.




A large group of Irish and international riders have been based at the Portuguese venue for the past number of weeks, with up to six outdoor arenas in operation. Weather conditions in Vilamoura remain extremely pleasant even into mid November with temperatures for the week ahead expected to reach up to 23 degrees celsius.

Up to 13 teams will line out in the Vilamoura Nations Cup, with the Irish squad, sponsored by Devenish and The Underwriting Exchange, named as follows:

Tipperary’s Shane Breen with Z7 Ipswich – owned by Z7 Horses & Shane Breen

Galway’s Michael Duffy with Zilton SL Z – owned by HMF Equestrian & Michael Duffy

Sligo’s Richard Howley with Arlo De Blondel – owned by Sarah Borthwick, HK Horses & Richard Howley

Kildare’s Mikey Pender with HHS Burnchurch (ISH) – owned by Miguel Maria Bravo

Derry’s David Simpson with Foudre F – owned by Breen Equestrian & Quirke Sport Horses



The Portuguese Nations Cup starts on Tuesday at 1.30pm Irish time and will be available to watch live HERE

. This weekend is relatively quiet for Irish Olympic athletes, competition wise, following last weekend’s sporting activities, which saw among other top results Ireland’s Liam Jegou win our first C1 Canoe Slalom World Cup gold medal in Pau.

The Olympic qualification status of the athletes can be found AT THIS LINK which will be regularly updated. If you have any feedback, requests or suggestions as to how you would like to receive this information, or what kind of updates you would like, please feel free to contact me also.

While many athletes are currently training from home, with little competition, see below a summary of sports which will see Irish Olympic hopefuls in action this coming weekend. This weekly update is provided in collaboration with the various National Governing Bodies, and the press officer contact details for each sport is provided below.  

Weekly interview with Liam Jegou

Tokyo 2020 Press Briefing

Yesterday, 11 November, a world press briefing was held for the accredited journalists and photographers who will be travelling to the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. The process of reconfirming names in the accreditation is ongoing, and I will be contacting Tokyo accredited journalists shortly.

During the briefing, details of how the Covid-19 Countermeasures for the media was discussed, along with a reassuring message that all accredited media will remain accredited, and that the utmost effort will be placed on ensuring that they can do their job as effectively as possible, and that they will have access to athletes for interviews and photo positions. However, it is clear that there will be measures in place to ensure that this can be done within the new safety regulations, which are currently being defined.

Badminton

Last weekend Badminton Ireland enjoyed medal success at the Portuguese International with a silver medal for Sara Boyle and Rachael Darragh in the Women’s Doubles – HERE. While Boyle and Darragh are not targeting Tokyo, they both are young and have a real chance for Paris 2024. Tokyo hopefuls Nhat Nguyen (currently sitting within Olympic qualification ranking in the Men’s Singles) and Sam and Chloe Magee (just outside Olympic ranking in the Mixed Double) are currently training at home.

Canoeing

Last week saw Canoeing Ireland on top of the world in an historic moment for C1 Canoe Slalom when Liam Jegou won the World Cup Gold in Pau, on the course where he trains. The last C1 World Cup medal was in 1993, with Mike Corcoran, and Eoin Rheinisch won a K1 Canoe Slalom World Cup medal in 2004 also. Irish canoe slalom is in a healthy place – this is added to the European Championships silver that Jegou won with Robert Hendrick and Jake Cochrane last month.– INTERVIEW WITH LIAM JEGOU HERE.

Cycling

Despite the difficult circumstances sport has found itself in, Irish cycling is enjoying some of its best racing – just a month after Sam Bennett won the Green Jersey at the Tour de France, two time Team Ireland Olympian Dan Martin finished fourth in the Vuelta a Espana, the top Irish finish since Sean Kelly’s win in 1988. Martin won stage three of the three week tour, and Sam Bennett won stage four the following day.

This weekend the UEC Track Elite European Championships take place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Ireland will not be fielding a team this year. From an Olympic perspective Team Ireland will have a strong team competing in Tokyo, with the road and track cycling qualification journey complete – Irish riders will be competing in the Madison and Omnium on the track (both men and women) and will have three athletes competing in the Men’s Road Race, one of whom will also race the Time Trial.

Judo

In our updated qualification on our website at THIS LINK you will see that the current status of Irish Judokas are now as follows, with the top 18 in each category when ranking closes gaining Olympic qualification:

Megan Fletcher 12th

Ben Fletcher 13th

Nathon Burns 19th

Swimming

International Swimming League

The International Swimming League continues in Budapest, Hungary this weekend with semi-finals taking place from Saturday 14th – Monday 16th November. Both Darragh Greene’s London Roar and Shane Ryan’s Toronto Titans will be in action as follows.

Semi-Final 1 (Saturday and Sunday) 11am – 1pm

London Roar, Energy Standard. Tokyo Frog Kings, New York Breakers

Semi-Final 2 (Sunday and Monday) 5pm – 7pm

Cali Condors, Team Iron, Toronto Titans, LA Current

Shane Ryan has been in top form in recent weeks – and has already set five Irish records in the 50m and 100m Butterfly and the 100m Backstroke, and clocked up four wins in the event that brings 315 swimmers from 48 countries to Budapest, Hungary for eight weeks in October/November.

Results available HERE.

Men’s Laser Standard sailor Finn Lynch finished with a personal best in 13th place at the Laser European Championships today. The championships took place in Gdansk, Poland. The Carlow athlete sailed a strong final series which saw him close out the gruelling six-day event in his highest standing of the week.

James O’Callaghan, Irish Sailing Performance Director said “Finn’s result today shows how close we are to the standard required to qualify the nation next year for the Tokyo Olympics. At the same time, with rivals Spain and Italy finishing just ahead and Belgium and Greece just behind, the challenge is clear. It really shows how fine the margins are at this level. There is no doubt the result will give Finn the confidence to keep pushing hard through the winter to improve one more notch”.

Liam Glynn’s result (43rd place) and qualification for the gold fleet sets him up well for the coming season. Ewan McMahon (43rd in the silver fleet) will be disappointed given the fact that he qualified for the gold fleet at the 2019 World Championships. He’s still young at 20 years of age, but it really serves as a reminder of the depth of talent at this level.

In the Women’s Laser Radial, there’s no doubt seasoned campaigner Annalise Murphy will be disappointed with her final position in 27th. There was good news however for the rest of the Laser Radial squad – Aoife Hopkins had a solid performance and finished 32nd, while Eve McMahon (younger sister of Ewan) had a fantastic event – at 16 years old she was by far the youngest in the fleet, and her qualification for the gold fleet and final position in 45th place bodes well.

Meanwhile Irish Sailing’s Academy sailor Tom Higgins finished in 6th in the Men’s Laser Radial. Although he just missed an U21 podium finish, his result is a good indication of the strength of talent coming up the Performance pipeline.

Read the full results here: https://events.pya.org.pl/2020-laser-senior-european-championships-open-european-trophy,e34

Ireland took home four medals at the 2020 European Championships in Poznan

Seven Irish crews were competing in the final day at the 2020 European Rowing Championships. Five crews were competing in the A Finals and two boats competed in the B Finals.

Sanita Puspure won the Gold medal in the Women’s Single Sculls and retained her European Championship. The other Irish medal winners, Fintan McCarthy (LM1x), Ronan Byrne and Daire Lynch (MX2), Fiona Murtagh, Eimear Lambe, Aileen Crowley and Aifric Keogh (W4-) all won Bronze Medals in their A Finals.

A Final Results

Fintan McCarthy won Bronze in the Lightweight Men’s Single A Final. Fintan competed with crews from Norway, Italy, Greece, Hungary and Belgium. Kristoffer Brun from Norway took the Gold and Niels Torre from Italy finished second. Fintan finished third with a time of 07:02.150.

The W2- crew of Tara Hanlon and Emily Hegarty finished fifth in the A Final. The Irish pair were competing with crews from Romania, Spain, Greece, Denmark and Italy. The crew finished with a time of 07:28.280.

Ronan Byrne and Daire Lynch won Bronze in the A Final in the Men’s Double Sculls. The Irish crew competed against crews from Lithuania, Romania, Netherlands, Switzerland and Poland. Daire and Ronan finished third with a time of 06:41.210.

Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Aileen Crowley and Fiona Murtagh won Bronze in the Women’s Four A Final. The Women’s Four competed in their heat alongside boats from Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and Russia. The Irish Women’s Four finished third just behind the Italian crew with a time of 06:41.210 and just narrowly missed out on the Silver to the Swiss crew.

Sanita Puspure retained her European Championship by winning Gold in the Women’s Single Scull. Sanita won the race ahead of Magdalena Lobnig and Anneta Kyridou. Sanita was competing against crews from the Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greece and Switzerland. Sanita finished with a time of 07:36.040. Sanita is now a Double World and European Champion in the Women’s Single Scull.

B Final Results

Lydia Heaphy won the B Final in the Lightweight Women’s Single. Lydia beat crews from Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovenia on Sunday morning. Lydia finished the race with a time of 08:03.280.

The Lightweight Women’s Double of Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey finished 2nd in the B Final. They competed against crews from the Switzerland, Greece, Denmark, Latvia and Spain and finished with a time of 07:18.780.

Rowing Ireland’s High-Performance Director, Antonio Maurogiovanni said” I wish to congratulate all crews, coaches and support staff on the excellent performances and results at the European Rowing Championships. Winning four medals, One Gold and three bronze is a brilliant accomplishment for Irish Rowing this weekend. Out of our seven crews entered, five reached the A Final in their category, and two achieved excellent results in the B Finals.

These results have continued our success this year at U23 and Junior European Championships. We now have nine medals from three competitions at three different levels.

We are not considered the underdog anymore, and we all need to do better and push the bar higher to keep our current level of international competitiveness.

One of Rowing Ireland's High-Performance's ambition was to have a system able to offer to all our athletes the chance to be competitive in making finals and ultimately winning medals across all the categories including Senior, U23, Junior, Male, Female, Lightweight and Heavyweight. We are in the right direction, but a lot needs to be done.

I want to thank all of the athletes, coaches, support staff and clubs for all their continued hard work and dedication. A big thank you to all of the national coaches Dominic Casey, Giuseppe De Vita, Fran Kean, John Armstrong, Ciro Prisco. These results would not be possible if it wasn't for everyone working together as a team with passion and enthusiasm.

We are grateful to be able to compete in tournaments given the current health situation, and we thank World Rowing for organising this event. We now look forward to 2021 and the opportunity to qualify more boats for the Olympics next summer. "

Irish Final Results

Lightweight Women’s Single Scull (LW1x) – 1st Place – B Final

Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls (LW2x) – 2nd Place – B Final

Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls (LM1x) – 3rd Place – A Final

Women’s Pair (W2-) – 5th Place – A Final

Men’s Double Scull (M2x) – 3rd Place – A Final

Women’s Four (W4-) – 3rd Place – A Final

Women’s Single Scull (W1x) – 1st Place – A Final

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