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Road to Tokyo 2020 - Irish Olympic News

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  • McClenaghan is officially qualified for Tokyo. He’s one of 9 finalists for the pommel but 7 of them are part of qualifying nations so he qualifies

    Great news




  • Dodge wrote: »
    McClenaghan is officially qualified for Tokyo. He’s one of 9 finalists for the pommel but 7 of them are part of qualifying nations so he qualifies

    Great news

    He also became the first Irish gymnast to ever qualify for a finals at the world championships and is currently ranked 2nd, just a hair behind British gymnast (and reigning Olympic champ) Max Whitlock.

    Whitlock did a routine with 8 tenths more difficulty than Rhys, but Rhys almost made that entire gap up with his superior execution. And Rhys can do a harder routine than what he showed in qualifying. If he performs well, Ireland could be looking at it's first ever medal at a world championships.




  • Dodge wrote: »
    McClenaghan is officially qualified for Tokyo. He’s one of 9 finalists for the pommel but 7 of them are part of qualifying nations so he qualifies

    Great news

    He also became the first Irish gymnast to ever qualify for a finals at the world championships and is currently ranked 2nd, just a hair behind British gymnast (and reigning Olympic champ) Max Whitlock.

    Whitlock did a routine with 8 tenths more difficulty than Rhys, but Rhys almost made that entire gap up with his superior execution. And Rhys can do a harder routine than what he showed in qualifying. If he performs well, Ireland could be looking at it's first ever medal at a world championships.
    I love his attitude in interviews. Everything he mentions is about ‘going for gold’. Not going out to ‘do well’ or ‘win a medal’ but to win gold

    Pommel is so hard that anything can happen but I just love how confident he appears and how much he wants to win




  • Dodge wrote: »
    I love his attitude in interviews. Everything he mentions is about ‘going for gold’. Not going out to ‘do well’ or ‘win a medal’ but to win gold

    Pommel is so hard that anything can happen but I just love how confident he appears and how much he wants to win

    He's not afraid of the grind and he's not afraid to want it all. Whitlock is great, but his execution and technique have always been a bit lacking. Rhys puts just as much emphasis on execution and technique as he does difficulty. He's even sought out training opportunities with some of the best pommel technicians in the world. It'll pay off one day in a big way.




  • Women's qualifying is officially over and it looks like Meg Ryan will be the first alternate on the Olympic qualifying list. That means that right now, Ireland will not have a women's gymnastics representative in Tokyo, BUT if any of the individuals who qualified ahead of Meg get injured or their federations decide they won't compete for whatever reason, Meg gets the spot.


    What do you think her chances are of getting a spot? Luckily the quota is awarded to the gymnast rather than the NOC so there is a chance. However there are no Dutch or New Zealand ahead of her and they tend to only select potential top 8 performers in their teams. She will be relying on injuries.

    So darn close too just .3 of a mark. And she fell on the beam. Pity.


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  • Oldira wrote: »
    What do you think her chances are of getting a spot? Luckily the quota is awarded to the gymnast rather than the NOC so there is a chance. However there are no Dutch or New Zealand ahead of her and they tend to only select potential top 8 performers in their teams. She will be relying on injuries.

    So darn close too just .3 of a mark. And she fell on the beam. Pity.

    50/50. She basically has to rely on someone getting injured or foregoing their spot for some reason. Injury is fairly common, but the alternate for Rio didn't get called up, so it's not certain.

    She was so close, and Emma finished literally right behind her by 1 tenth (if Emma had only fallen once on beam, she would have qualified). The silver lining is, Ireland's never had one, let alone two, homegrown talents come so close to qualifying (Ellis O'Reilly lived and trained in England and only competed for Ireland after she failed to make the British team). The future is bright.




  • Bronze for Rhys McClenaghan , only 0.1 behind Max Whitlock who won Gold.

    Great to see an Irish Gymnast on the podium and on another day he could have won, serious talent.




  • Skid X wrote: »
    Bronze for Rhys McClenaghan , only 0.1 behind Max Whitlock who won Gold.

    Great to see an Irish Gymnast on the podium and on another day he could have won, serious talent.

    He and Lee Chih-Kai should have outscored Max, honestly. Every gymnastics fan I know is really upset about this final. Max does not extend his hips or point his toes on any element and he is not properly deducted. Yet, he got an 8.5 in execution and Rhys, who has beautiful extension and toe point, only got a 9.0 in comparison. It's not enough differentiation in execution. The same is true for Lee Chih-Kai. He and Rhys should have been your gold and silver medalists full stop.

    But, it's great history for gymnastics in Ireland, and that bronze medal is very beautiful.




  • We have our 4th qualifier in Athletics as Fionnuala McCormack was 5th in the Chicago marathon in 02:26:47

    Well under the qualifying time




  • Yesterday was the closing of the Rankings list for Olympic qualification for the Cycling Road Races. Ireland have qualified 3 riders for the mens road, one of whom can also enter the Mens time trial.

    Team Ireland now up to 29.


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  • What's the full list of Olympic qualifiers from Ireland to date?

    Flights booked to Tokyo this morning. :)




  • Athletics

    Ciara Mageean (1,500m)
    Alex Wright (20k walk)
    Brendan Boyce (50k walk)
    Fionnuala McCormack (marathon)

    Canoeing - Slalom

    boat (men's C1)

    Robert Hendrick qualified the boat but himself and Liam Jegou are set to fight for it

    Cycling - Road

    Men's Road race (3 quotas)
    Men's ITT (1 quota)

    Equestrian

    Eventing (team with 3 individuals)
    Dressage(team with 3 individuals)
    Show jumping (team and 3 individuals)


    Gymnastics (artistic)

    Rhys McClenaghan

    Modern Pentathlon

    Natalya Coyle

    Rowing

    w1x
    w2-
    m2x
    lm2x

    Sailing

    Laser Radial

    Aisling Kelleher won the quota but 4 are going for the boat including Annalise Murphy

    Swimming

    Darragh Greene (100m, 200m breast)
    Shane Ryan (100m back)

    Although these have the times, Swim Ireland has their own criteria so these may not be selected




  • Our hockey team is playing Canada this weekend over two legs. Winner on aggregate qualifies for Tokyo. Canada wouuld be slight favourites based in World rankings but Ireland has changed its head coach in the past few weeks and the match is way over in Vancouver so it would be a great acheivement to qualify. Matches are on RTE Newsnow at 10pm on Saturday and 9pm Sunday.




  • In the Hockey is it fair to say that the women are favourites and will expect to qualify but the men's is a long shot really?




  • In the Hockey is it fair to say that the women are favourites and will bbc expect to qualify but the men's is a long shot really?

    I'm no hockey expert but the women's team are playing two legs at home against a team ranked about eight places below them and in front of an expected 7000 home fans. You would imagine they would be strongly favoured to get through.

    The men's play off looks trickier.




  • The women’s team aren’t *strongly* fancied. They’re slight favourite because they’re at home. The rankings aren’t up to much. Ireland are high because of the World Cup silver last year. Those games were tight with some big shoot out wins. I’m not saying they were lucky but the rankings got a huge boost there

    In the qualifying tournament earlier this year Ireland lost to South Korea while Canada drew with Spain (before losing their final to the same team)

    Canada have been based in Europe for months and effectively train as a club team. This is a tough tie for Ireland.

    As for the men, they’ve been in poor form this year. They lost to France in the qualifier and finished last of 8 in the European championships. They do, however, welcome back the worlds best goalkeeper David Harte and they always have a chance with him in the nets. Canada will be slight favourites here too. A little bit of luck may be needed by Ireland




  • David not playing,injured.




  • 2-2 in the third quarter of the first leg of the Mens Hockey play off at the moment, live on RTE News Now




  • Finished Canada 3 Ireland 5

    Deserved win from what I saw, Ireland with the edge going into the second leg tomorrow.

    Canada were strong on their penalty corners but Ireland had the better of open play.




  • 5-3 win in the first leg for Ireland. Not over yet but in a great position to qualify now if they can turn in a similar performance tomorrow night.


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  • Skid X wrote: »
    Finished Canada 3 Ireland 5

    Deserved win from what I saw, Ireland with the edge going into the second leg tomorrow.

    Canada were strong on their penalty corners but Ireland had the better of open play.

    Ireland were ahead on all the stats, suggesting they were definitely the better side.

    Still only halftime though and they haven't qualified for anything yet. It's a good position to be in though.




  • Not a huge hockey fan, but did enjoy that game immensely. Absorbing sport when you get into it and that was very entertaining match, real end to end stuff which you dont always get when theres so much at stake. Hopefully they can get job done tomorrow.




  • Second leg due to start in a few mins (RTE News Now).

    Hopefully, Ireland can turn in another good performance and do enough to get through to Tokyo.




  • Ireland take the lead.......great start, they were already playing well before it




  • This umpire loves the spotlight




  • This is some right bs




  • Some drama. Dont know enough to know if thst was peno or not, but incident was definitely before whistle anyway.




  • Some drama. Dont know enough to know if thst was peno or not, but incident was definitely before whistle anyway.

    Yeah I'm new to this, the only hockey I watch normally is ice hockey...




  • Some drama. Dont know enough to know if thst was peno or not, but incident was definitely before whistle anyway.

    Thierry Henry moment all over again....seems like the officials went out of their way to help Canada


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  • Had the match won twice there! Thats a sickener, gutted for them. Commentator seemed to think there was no foul there whatsoever, very hard one to take.


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