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11-05-2012, 22:07   #631
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At the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Rome there was disappointment for Ireland's Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe as he failed to make the final on Sunday. He dropped from 12th place to 14th in the final event (combined shoot and run) meaning he did not finish amongst the top 12 qualifying positions in his heat.
Similarly to Natalya Coyle in the women's event, this narrow miss has made his task of Olympic qualification a lot harder now. He will need a very strong showing at the World Cup Final later this month, where a top 3 placing amongst pentathletes not yet qualified for London will be enough to earn him a quota place. Otherwise he will need to finish as high up as possible in that event in the hope to overhaul those ahead of him in the Olympic rankings.
Elsewhere, Eanna Bailey finished 19th in his heat and set a new swim PB in the process. Well done Eanna.
No matter how things pan out (good or bad) for our pentathletes this time round, Ireland has a very bright future with this current crop of talented youngsters.
If the current rate of progress is maintained then we could hope to have serious contenders for Rio 2016.
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12-05-2012, 10:45   #632
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Eoin Rheinisch has posted a very good time on his first semi final run this morning but with results still filtering through and more paddlers still to compete on the course we will have to wait to see where that good run will place him. He is ahead of all of the other unqualified boats so far which is a very encouraging sign. Still a way to go yet though before he can secure an Olympic place.
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Not official yet but I think Eoin Rheinisch may just have qualified an Olympic quota place for Ireland in men's K1 Slalom. Hope to hear confirmation of this very positive news soon.
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He was 12th in semi final and as far as I can work out he's the only non Olympic qualifier for today's final
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Looks like 10 qualify for final, but he's still done enough to qualify for London
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Yep, the format worked out a treat in the end up for Eoin...he's got that all improtant quota place for Ireland for London 2012. This has been a very successful championships for the Irish canoeing squad.
And then there were 45 (qualifiers for London!).
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UPDATE:
We have seen three more additions to the Irish Olympic team over the last few days bringing the numbers of Irish qualifiers to 45 to date. Despite the fact that all 3 who earned the quota spots secured qualifying berths for the country rather than for themselves, all the indications suggest that it will indeed be them who will be awarded the Olympic starting places by their respective national federations. Therefore I am going to fire ahead and add them to my list of qualifiers by county: James Espey (men's Laser Sailing), Hannah Craig (women's K1 Slalom Canoeing) and Eoin Rheinisch (men's K1 Slalom Canoeing).
These latest additions have seen a lot of change to the table of qualifiers by county with Antrim moving into 2nd place with 5 qualifiers to date. Kildare also get off the mark becoming the 13th county on the list of qualifiers.
The ratio of men to women now stands at 24:16 in favour of the men (3 men for every 2 women) but as the 5 equestrian places are yet to be determined (both men and women will be considered for selection) and chances for 2 women's relay teams for London (swimming and running) the distribution of men and women qualifiers could even itself out.
There is still much scope for the size of the squad to grow further over the next 4-6 weeks, we could still see as many as 60 on the Irish team if things go well over the coming period.
Another update this morning: Colin Griffin of Leitrim has amde the A-standard for the men's 50km walk and will now go to his second Olympics. Leitrim are the 14th county on the list now and finally Connacht have another qualifier besides Paul Hession and Olive Loughnane.


* denotes the fact that the current number may reduce by one when the women's marathon team is finalised.

CountyNumber of athletes qualifiedDetails 
Dublin8*Linda Byrne, Ava Hutchinson, Maria McCambridge, Deirdre Ryan, Annalise Murphy, Mark Kenneally, Barry Murphy, David Burrows 
Antrim5Ryan Seaton, Michael Conlan, Paddy Barnes, Lisa Kearney, Hannah Craig 
Cork4Derval O'Rourke, Robert Heffernan, Ciaran O'Lionaird, Peter O'Leary 
Donegal3*Brendan Boyce, Chloe Magee, Caitriona Jennings 
Down3Matt McGovern, Martyn Irvine, James Espey 
Galway2Olive Loughnane, Paul Hession 
Kilkenny2Darren O'Neill, Joanne Cuddihy 
Wexford2Grainne Murphy, Adam Nolan 
Wicklow2Fionnuala Britton, Stephanie Reilly 
Derry1Aileen Morrison 
Kildare1Eoin Rheinisch 
Leitrim1Colin Griffin 
Longford1Derek Burnett 
Westmeath1John Joe Nevin 
Other/Abroad3Alistair Cragg (South Africa), Kieran Behan (England), Tori Pena (U.S.A.)  





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  • So far the team is made up of 25 men and 17 women and 5 unknown equestrian riders. The number of women qualifiers however will be reduced by one when Athletics Ireland choose their marathon team.
  • Qualifiers by province: Leinster (17), Ulster (12), Munster (4), Connacht (3).
  • Kieran Behan (gymnastics qualifier) although born in London, England has Irish parents: mother is from Monaghan and father from Dublin.
  • Tori Pena was born in California but competes for Finn Valley A.C. in Donegal and her grandmother was born in Derry.
  • Maria McCambridge has been living in Donegal for the last few years and competes for Letterkenny A.C. She is married to Letterkenny runner Gary Crossan and she is now living in Donegal with her family. Caitriona Jennings rather ironically hails from Letterkenny but runs for Rathfarnam A.C. in Dublin.
  • Olive Loughnane was born in Cork and indeed currently lives in Cork so she has strong connections to that county. Neverthless she grew up in Galway and is a product of Carrabane A.C. in Loughrea, Galway so I think in this case it may be fairer to include her in that county's total.
  • So far, just as many Corkmen as Dublin men have qualified (3 a-piece).
  • 9 qualifiers were born in Northern Ireland (6 men and 3 women).
  • Lisa Kearney will be Ireland's first ever female judoka to take part in the Olympic Games.
  • Perhaps unsurprisingly, Murphy is the most common surname, with 3 Murphys on the team.
  • Trap shooter Derek Burnett is the oldest member of the Irish Olympic team at 41 years of age. Maria McCambridge is the oldest women on the team, she will be 37 when the Olympic Opening Ceremony takes place and the youngest being Grainne Murphy who is just 19. Flyweight boxer Michael Conlan is the youngest male on the team at just 20 years of age.
  • The average age of our women when the Olympics get underway is 28.5yrs for women and 28.6yrs for the men. Overall the average is 28.5yrs for our Olympians.
  • 23 of the qualifiers will be first-time Olympians in London; 9 qualifiers are returning for a second time with 8 of these 9 having previously competed in Beijing in 2008 and Maria McCambridge returning after having competed in Athens 2004; 3 qualifiers (Derval O'Rourke, Alistair Cragg and Eoin Rheinisch) will be appearing in their 3rd consecutive Olympic Games; and a total of 4 Olympic veterans will be returning to the Olympic stage to make a 4th appearance, namely Robert Heffernan, Olive Loughnane and Derek Burnett who will travel to their 4th consecutive Olympics and David Burrows, who made his Olympic debut way back in Atlanta in 1996 (missed out on Beijing).

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Dan Man you deserve a lot of praise for all this good work on here.

Keep it up its very good to read.
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Colin Griffin has made the Olympic A-standard for the men's 50km walk at the Race Walk World Cup in Saransk, Russia today. His time of 3hrs 52mins 54secs was comfortably inside the standard of 3:59hrs. He is the third athlete to qualify for this event for London 2012 and means we will have at least 17 qualifiers in the sport of athletics. Ireland now has 46 qualifiers for the Olympics.
Leitrim are now off the mark in terms of Olympic qualifiers!

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Laura Reynolds got the B standard in the walk but won't go as Olive Loughnane has the A standard. Olive finished 8th in the world cup of walking
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13-05-2012, 12:47   #641
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Laura Reynolds got the B standard in the walk but won't go as Olive Loughnane has the A standard. Olive finished 8th in the world cup of walking
Laura is just 72secs off that A standard...over a distance of 20km, that is a gap that she could overcome. She will probably have at least one more crack at it, hopefully she can pull it off.
Just read that Colin had 2 warnings after 10km today, another one and he would have been DQd...talk about intense pressure! The heat was also intense so that was a really strong performance today by Colin. He's off to his second Olympics now!

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On day 1 of the Men's 470 Sailing World Championships in Barcelona, the Irish team of Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan have gotten off to a great start to their campaign, finishing 5th in race 1.
The Irish duo are in pursuit of an Olympic quota place in Barcelona this week having narrowly missed out at last December's World Sailing Championships. There are 7 Olympic places up for grabs this week to the top 7 finishers from those unqualified nations.
Here is the current state of play at this early stage in the battle for Olympic qualification and it's so far so good for Owens and Flanigan as they sit on top of the rankings. However there is a long way to go yet and as you can see it is nip and tuck at the top:

Note: I have only included the countries that the Irish guys are in competition with in terms of Olympic qualification. Remember the lower the score the better. A first place finish in a race will add just 1 point to that team's total, and a 30th place finish adds 30 points to that team's tally, not a good result for their ambitions of a good finish overall.
The top 7 on this list at the end of the competition will be awarded Olympic quota places for their respective countries.

POSITIONCOUNTRYRACE 1TOTAL
1IRELAND (Ger Owens/Scott Flanagan)55
2Ukraine66
3Poland99
4Russia99
5South Africa1010
6South Korea1010
7Venezuela1111
8Malaysia1111
9Brazil1313
10Belgium1515
11Slovenia1616
12Chile1616
13Turkey1717
14India2121
15Canada2222
16Hungary2323
17Denmark2828
18Czech Republic2929
19Ecuador3232

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Canoe Sprint European Olympic Qualifier takes place in Poland, this Wednesday and Thursday.

Irish entrants are (2 spots available in each):
  • Neil Fleming (Mens K1 1000m)
  • Sean Marchetti (Mens K1 200m)
  • Jenny Egan (Womens K1 200m and 500m)
  • Andrzej Jezierski (Mens C1 200m)
  • Sean Marchetti/Val Pierce (Mens K2 200m)

Of those, Neil Fleming, Jenny Egan and Andrzej Jezierski are our best qualifications hopes.


This event is immediately followed by the first in the world cup series at the same location.
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After the first day of racing at the Men's Finn World Sailing Championships in Falmouth, England, Ross Hamilton of Ireland is in 56th place overall after a difficult day of racing. Ross is also in search of Olympic qualification but with only 6 quota places up for grabs for those as of yet unqualified nations, he will have his work cut out for him.
Ross currently lies in 12th place of those nations seeking Olympic qualifying berths after 73rd and 40th place finishes in races 1 and 2.
He will be hoping for top 30 finishes in tomorrow's races in order to close in on those above him. He can't afford any more bad races now as he will have to discard that score of 73 from race 1 to stand any chance.
Here is the current standings (I have only included then nations which Ross is in battle with for Olympic qualification):

POSITIONCOUNTRYRACE 1RACE 2TOTAL
1Poland91019
2Germany231336
3Czech Republic171936
4Austria291140
5China213152
6Turkey272855
7Hungary392968
8India383876
9Bulgaria196483
10Norway444690
11Cyprus474491
12IRELAND (Ross Hamilton)7340113
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Having been analysing the results of this weekend's Modern Pentathlon World Championships I am increasingly confident that Ireland's Natalya Coyle is going to make it to the Olympics.
Although those championships did not go according to plan for Natalya (she missed the final by 1 place), other results have worked out very positively for the young Meath woman. The reason I suggest that it has played out positively for her is that all 3 available Olympic slots on offer at the World Championships went to pentathletes ranked abover her in the Olympic rankings list. How does this benefit her? Well there are 7 quota places available from the Olympic rankings list for the highest ranked non-qualifiers from world and continental championships, and as a result of the 3 places from the 2012 worlds going to those ranked above her, it effectively bumps Natalya up 3 places in the race for the final 7 quota positions.
The rankings have not yet been updated after this weekends World Championships but Natalya will lose little ground on her rivals. Not very many of her close rivals below her in the rankings made any ground (Crognale of Italy and Wojcik of Poland excepted). Here were the rankings of those unqualified athletes before the world championships minus those 3 who earned quota places this weekend.

  1. Sylvia Gawlikowska (Poland)
  2. Iryna Khokhlova (Ukraine)
  3. Natalie Dianova (Czech Republic)
  4. Donna Vakalis (Canada)
  5. Natalya Coyle (IRELAND)
  6. Katarzyna Wojcik (Poland)
  7. Sabrina Crognale (Italy)
  8. Claudia Cesarini (Italy)
  9. Suzanne Stettinius (U.S.A.)
  10. Lavinia Bonessio (Italy)
Natalya jumps up from 8th place to 5th (inside the top 7 qualifying spots). But remember the ranking points have not updated so she will lose ground to those who made the World Championships final. Some of those who made the final are already ranked above her and others are a little too far back in the rankings to upset her position too much. The other very encouraging thing is that there is only one remaining event that counts towards the world rankings. This is the World Cup Series Grand Final and there will only be 36 pentathletes at this event and Natalya is one of them.
In addition, as the British team qualified 2 athletes the automatic host nation quota place will be re-distributed to the 8th best non-qualifier in the Olympic rankings, further bolstering Natalya's chances.
A lot of those who on the face of things are challenging her Olympic position will not be able to add to their total further, whereas Natalya should be able to add at least some points to her total (obviously the higher up she finishes in that competition, the better for her ranking points).
It's hard to ascertain at the minute but when the World Rankings update this week there is even the possibility that Natalya will be in an unassailable position in the list and if not, she will have a great chance to overcome any deficit facing her in that final event.

Arthur wasn't just as lucky as a lot of guys ranked not too far behind him made the World Championship final and could overtake him in the rankings when they update. But as was the case with Natalya, he was helped in that all 3 quota places on offer went to pentathletes ranked above him, thus bumping him up the pecking order in the non-qualified list. Here is the Olympic rankings list before it has been updated but with those 3 qualifiers from this weekend now removed from the list of non-qualifiers. Top 8 are in qualifying positions as things stand:
  1. Pavlo Tymoschenko (Ukraine)
  2. Stanislau Zhurauliou (Belarus)
  3. Justinas Kinteris (Lithuania)
  4. Deniss Cerkovskis (Latvia)
  5. Jean Maxence Berrou (France)
  6. Ondrej Polivka (Czech Republic)
  7. Alvaro Sandoval (Mexico)
  8. Amro El Geziry (Egypt)
  9. Golis Remigiusz (Poland)
  10. Sam Sacksen (U.S.A.)
  11. Nikkos Papadopolo (Guatemala)
  12. Arthur Lanigan O'Keeffe (IRELAND)

As you can see Arthur has more work to do but what is encouraging is that he too has made the World Cup Series Grand Final which is the final qualifying event, and a lot of those directly above him have not qualified for that event, meaning that their rankings tally can not increase further. Arthur will still need a high placing in that event in order to overcome the deficit.

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