Rio Recap: Team Ireland's Day 8/16

Saturday August 13th, 2016

13:36, Men's Golf Stroke Play Round 3, Padraig Harrington: -4 today, -5 after 3 Rounds (T8)

14:00, Women's Rowing Single Sculls 'C' Final, Sanita Puspure: Wins in 7:27.60 (13th overall)

14:05, Women's 3000m Steeplechase Heat 1, Kerry O'Flaherty: 14th in 9:45.35 (sb) (34th overall)

14:15, Track Cycling Women's Keirin Heat 4, Shannon McCurley: 5th (+.431)

14:21, Women's 3000m Steeplechase Heat 2, Michelle Finn: 11th in 9:49.45 (39th overall)

14:25, Golf Men's Stroke Play Round 3, Seamus Power: +3 today, -1 after 3 Rounds (T26)

14:37, Women's 3000m Steeplechase Round 1 Sara Treacy Heat 3: 12th in 9:46.24 (q) (37th overall)

14:59, Track Cycling Women's Keirin Repechage 4, Shannon McCurley: 4th (+.268)

15:15, Boxing Men's Fly (52kg) Round of 32, Brendan Irvine lost to Shakhobidin Zoirov (UZB) by unanimous decision.

16:15, Boxing Men's Welter (69kg) Quarter Final, Steven Donnelly lost to Mohammed Rabii (MAR) by split decision.

17:05, Sailing Men's Laser, Finn Lynch, Race 9 & 10: 40th & BFD (32nd overall)

17:05, Sailing Men's 49er, Matt McGovern & Ryan Seaton Race, 3, 4, 5 & 6: 4th, 1st, 14th, 18th (4th overall)

17:15, Sailing Women's Laser Radial, Annalise Murphy Race, 9 & 10: 6th & 7th (3rd overall)

17:20, Sailing Women's 49er FX, Andrea Brewster & Saskia Tidey, Race, 3, 4, 5 & 6: 6th, 18th, 13th, 14th (12th overall)

23:55, Badminton Men's Singles Group K: Scott Evans beat Ygor Coelho de Oliveira (BRA) 21-8, 19-21, 21-8.

02:26, Men's 800m, Mark English Semi-Final 3: 17th overall with 1:45.93.



Scott Evans confirmed his status as Ireland's greatest ever badminton olympian with victory over Ygor Coelho de Oliveira in Group K in the Men's Singles Competition.

The result came 24 hours after his first ever win in the Olympics against European Champion Marc Zwiebler and qualified him for the last 16 of the competition.

He is the first Irish badminton player ever to make the last 16 of the Olympics.

There were early boos for Evans in a thronged RioCentro, but the Dubliner silenced the crowd with controlled aggression to take the first set 21-8.

A number of unforced errors allowed Oliveira to build momentum in the second set and he reignited the crowd with a powerful finish for a 10-2 lead.

Evans rallied to bring the score back to 19-18 before Oliveira converted his second set-point.

The three-time Olympian showed all his experience to see out the third set.

He was 11-5 up at the change over and returned to the timing and shot selection of the first set to win 21-8.

Evans' now signature t-shirt removal celebration didn't endear himself to Oliveira's fans, but it was another moment of sheer elation for the player who returns to action on Monday.

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Mark English finished 5th in his Men's 800m Semi-final.

The 23 year old was eighth at the bell and looked to kick for home in a similar fashion to his successful heat strategy.

With David Rudisha leading the field, the 23 year old accelerated into fifth spot, but outside the automatic qualification spots.

His time of 1:45.93 ranked 17th of the 24 semi-finalists.

Ireland will have a finalist in the Women's 3000m at an Olympic Games for the second time ever. Bloodied but not beaten, Sara Treacy goes forward to Monday's final at Rio 2016.

The Meath athlete was on course for a PB in her heat when she fell awkwardly into the in-field following a trip.

She recovered to finish in 12th in a time of 9:46.24, but Team Ireland appealed the result of the race on the grounds she was impeded.

Along with two other athletes affected, Treacy will compete in Monday's medal race.

Ireland had a full compliment of athletes in the Women's Steeplechase for the very first time.

The occasion brought out a season's best in Kerry O'Flaherty who crossed the line in 9:45.35. The result saw her rank 34th overall.

Michelle Finn said in her post-race interview that she left a couple of seconds after her in Heat 2, but the Leevale runner finished strong in the home straight to pick up some extra places. 11th was the result in a time of 9:49.45.




Padraig Harrington is just four shots outside the medal positions with one round left to play at the Men's Golf Stroke Play Competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The Dubliner shot a birdie laden 67 on his third round to move up to joint seventh on the leaderboard.

Only four golfers shot a lower score as conditions improved on the Rio course following blustery conditions yesterday.

A 65 from Justin Rose saw him move into an outright lead on -12 with Marcus Fraser sitting in the bronze medal position on -9.

Harrington's team mate Seamus Power attacked the course early on in an effort to consolidate his Top 10 position, but four bogies on the back nine saw him slip back to -1 for the tournament in a tie for 26th.

A number of high profile golfers are still chasing the Waterford man, with two-time major winner Martin Kaymer a shot back on level par.


Steven Donnelly's Olympic journey is over, just one win shy of a medal, after defeat to Mohammed Rabii (MAR) in the Men's 69kg Quarter-Final at Riocentro.

Donnelly lost out by split decision against the reigning welterweight champion, having all three judges against him in the earlier rounds. The Ballymena fighter was unlucky to receive a standing count in the final seconds after a minor trip.

Brendan Irvine admitted he lost to the better boxer on the day in the Men's 52kg division, losing by unanimous decision to Uzbeki fighter Shakhobidin Zoirov.

Ireland's youngest boxing representative at just 20 years of age, Irvine was tagged with a couple of big shots in the opening round, making it difficult to execute his game plan.



Shannon McCurley has already set her sights firmly on Tokyo 2020, after getting a taste for Olympic life in the Women’s Keirin competition in Rio today.

Ireland’s first ever female track cyclist finished her campaign with 5th place in her Heat and and a 4th place finish in the repechage.

The Australian based rider picked up two places in the final laps of her heat to coming in .431 seconds behind winner Elis Ligtlee (NED).

Only victory would be enough to see her through from the repechage to the second round, and although McCurley closed the gap to Anastasia Voinova (RUS), she finished in fourth +0.268 seconds behind the winner.

There was only .008 between her and Lisandra Rodriguez Guerr (CUB) in third.



Santa Puspure capped Team Ireland’s greatest ever performance at an Olympics games by finishing strongly in the Women’s Single Sculls competition.

The Cork-based rower might have been forgiven for letting the disappointment of missing out on an 'A' final get the better of her, but she showed her class in today's 'C' final - leading from start to finish to rank 13th overall in the competition.


It was a decisive day on the water in Rio 2016, as Annalise Murphy secured her place in the Medal Race of the Women's Laser Class. Murphy is third position overall heading into the ten-boat race, knowing a medal place is within her control.

It took a gutsy final two races to maintain form.

Murphy was back in 16th after Mark 2 of her penultimate race, before she recovered to finish sixth and move into second position overall.

Again in Race 10, she fought back from 12th position at Mark 4 to come home in 7th. Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) bumped Murphy back to third place with Marit Bouwmeester currently in the gold medal spot.

Finn Lynch can look back on an Olympic debut which included three top 20 finishes in the Men’s Laser Class.

It’s been a remarkable week for the 20 year old, despite slipping back to 32nd overall after disqualification from Race 10 for a starting penalty. He was 40th in Race 9.

Matt McGovern & Ryan Seaton are in fourth place in the Men’s 49er Class at the half-way stage of the opening series.

With four races to be squeezed into today’s action, the pair opened with fourth in Race 3 and led from start to finish in Race 4.

They were third overall after finishing 14th in Race 5 and slipped back a spot after coming home 18th in Race 6.

Saskia Tidey & Andrea Brewster had their best result of Day 2 in the 49er FX class in their opening race as they reeled in the Italian and Swedish boats to finish sixth.

They were sitting in fifth overall before 18th, 13th and 14th placed finishes had them back to 12th.

There are six more opportunities to break into the top ten between now and the end of the series on Tuesday.





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