Jump to content

Welcome to Totallympics, the home of Olympic Sports!

Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to other members, get your own private messenger, manage your profile and so much more. This message will be removed once you have signed in.

Login | Create an Account


Sign in to follow this  
OlympicIRL

Ireland National Thread | An Bóthar go Tóiceo 2020

Recommended Posts

2020 Vision

 

article-urn:publicid:ap.org:62ec8a455192

 

 

 

Athlete Profile:

 

Mona McSharry

 

Image result for Mona McSharry

 

 

Sport: Swimming

 

Age: 16 (born 21 August 2000)

 

Achievements:

  • Silver Medal in 100m Breaststroke at European Junior Championships (2016)
  • Bronze Medal in 50m Breaststroke at European Junior Championships (2016)

 

 

 

 

Athlete Profile:

 

Sharlene Mawdsley

 

Image result for sharlene mawdsley

 

 

Sport: Athletics

 

Age: 18 (10 August 1998)

 

Achievements:

  • 5th place as part of women's 4x100m Relay team at World Junior Championships (2016)
  • Finalist in Women's 200m at European Junior Championships (2015)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Conor McGregor crowned Irish Sportsperson of the Year for 2016

 

Image result for Conor McGregor rte

 

 

 

UFC superstar Conor McGregor was named the Irish Sportsperson of the Year for 2016 at an awards ceremony on RTÉ on Friday night. It comes after McGregor made history by becoming the first ever two-weight champion in UFC. McGregor is now setting his sights on the boxing world and is reportedly in serious talks about a potential clash with Floyd Mayweather.

 

Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny was crowned Manager of the Year. The O'Donovan brothers claimed the Team of the Year award after their silver medal success in rowing at the Rio Olympics. Fellow Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy  (women's laser radial sailing) was recently awarded the Irish Sportswomen of the Year award by Sport Ireland.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

article-urn:publicid:ap.org:62ec8a455192

2020 Vision

 

 

 

82a99b0e7f208ad72cca45005467aa25_400x400

 

 

Lee Cole - Field Hockey

 

p1567221479-3.jpg

 

 

2020 Vision member and rising hockey prospect Lee Cole was on the score-sheet in the opening match of Ireland's World League 2 campaign in Belfast today. As well as playing a vital part in the opening goal of the game with his interception allowing team-mate Jeremy Duncan to convert, Lee smashed home Ireland's fourth in a comprehensive 9-2 victory. The tournament is a stepping stone towards qualification for the 2018 World Cup and a top two finish here will ensure qualification to the Semi-Final stages of the World League.

 

Up next for Ireland is a match against Austria who took a penalty shoot-out win over Italy in their opening match of the pool.

 

 

Edited by OlympicIRL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

Historic European Medal Success for Magee Siblings

 

Chloe-Sam-Magee.jpg

 

 

 

vidplanet.png

 

 

Irish badminton are celebrating a first medal at the European Championships after brother and sister mixed doubles pairing Sam and Chloe Magee captured bronze in Kolding, Denmark at the weekend. The European Games bronze medalists replicated that performance, coming through a tough path to reach the semi-finals. The unseeded pair defeated the 5th seeds from the Netherlands in round 1 before conquering the 4th seeded Polish duo in the quarter-finals.

 

Sam and Chloe eventually bowed out against the number 1 seeds from Denmark Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen, losing 21-14, 21-10.

 

A delighted Chloe had this to say of their medal success:

 

“I just can’t believe it......we wanted to get that medal and we knew we had a good draw if we played well enough. But we had the number five seeds in the first round so could easily have lost there".

 

"The aim, the goal was a medal. I think our whole career, that was our aim, winning a medal and we’ve done that today".

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

Athletics Ireland selects initial team for IAAF World Championships

 

brendan-boyce-and-rob-heffernan-752x501.

 

 

 

AI_WIDE_(COL).jpg

 

 

Athletics Ireland have named a provisional team of 8 athletes for the World Championships in London this August. The team is comprised of race walkers and marathon runners who will now be able to fine-tune their preparations without the burden of having to chase selection.

 

Among the athletes pre-selected is 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Robert Heffernan who will again compete in his favoured discipline, the men's 50km walk. He will be joined by fellow Rio 2016 Olympians Alex Wright and Brendan Boyce.

 

In addition to the men's walking team, the marathon squads have been made known. Two-time European Cross-Country champion Fionnuala McCormack will spearhead the Irish challenge in the women's event alongside Claire Gibbons McCarthy.

The men's team is comprised of 2016 Olympians Paul Pollock and Mick Clohisey and will be joined on the startline by Seán Hehir.

 

 

:IRL  Ireland Team - IAAF World Championships - London 2017  :IRL

 

 

 

Men’s 50km Race Walk:

  • Alex Wright (Leevale AC)
  • Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC)
  • Robert Heffernan (Togher AC)

 

Men’s Marathon:

  • Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrocks AC)
  • Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders AC)
  • Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham WSAF AC)

 

Women’s Marathon:

  • Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole AC)
  • Clare Gibbons McCarthy (Leevale AC)

 

 

Edited by OlympicIRL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Four Irish boats into A Finals at Rowing World Cup in Belgrade

 

126858_8-MD-SD.jpg

 

 

 

rire.png

 

 

Ireland will be well represented in Sunday's finals at the first Rowing World Cup of the 2017 season in Belgrade. A total of 4 Irish crews qualified for the A Finals after a successful day of semi-final and repechage action.

 

Olympic silver-medalists Paul and Gary O'Donovan booked their spot in the final with a convincing win in their lightweight men's double semi. The O'Donovan brothers used their trademark sprint to pull away from the crews from the Netherlands and Spain at the halfway point and will be fighting for a medal tomorrow.

 

There will also be Irish representation in the men's lightweight pair after Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll finished second in their semi-final.

 

Not to be outdone, the Irish women were in fine form with Sanita Puspure claiming one of the two A Final berths on offer in today's women's single sculls repechage. Denise Walsh was already directly qualified for the A Final of the women's lightweight equivalent after a blistering sprint finish in her heat on Friday saw her come from way down the field at 1500m to claim victory and an automatic qualification spot.

 

A great start to the World Cup series for the Irish crews, wishing them all the best for tomorrow's finals! :)
 

31f25f3acc0c8d8a171470d0c0b24879_L.jpg

 

 

image.jpg

 

 

mark-odonovan-n.jpg

Edited by OlympicIRL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gold and Silver for Irish boats at Opening Rowing World Cup of 2017

 

C_OI_RJXgAAroJF.jpg

 

 

 

rire.png

 

 

Ireland will be coming home from Belgrade with a gold and silver after today's A Finals at the first Rowing World Cup of the 2017 season.

There was gold for O'Donovan, but perhaps not for the O'Donovan that Irish fans were predicting. Mark O'Donovan and partner Shane O'Driscoll lead from halfway and stormed to gold in the men's lightweight pair ahead of Russia and Great Britain.

 

Denise Walsh added to the Irish medal tally as she grabbed silver in the women's lightweight single sculls. Her sprinting abilities were again on show as she catapulted from 5th to 2nd in the closing stages, finishing 4 seconds behind the winner from Switzerland.

 

There was disappointment however for Irish Olympic heroes Gary and Paul O'Donovan as they could only manage 4th place in the men's lightweight single sculls. The brothers were tipped for gold here but could not break onto the podium with Great Britain emerging victorious in the season opener.

 

Sanita Puspure put in a strong performance in a very fast race to come home in 5th place in the women's single sculls, a pleasing way to kick off her international season.

 

Speaking after his gold medal success Mark O'Donovan remarked that a new coach, new technique and fresh training regime has helped them make the progress needed to challenge this season:

 

 

‘Feeling really good during the race, we’ve got a new coach, so that is a new step for Ireland. Going forward we are going to a training camp in Varese and looking to implement new training and technique before Europeans.’

 

 

 

C_OD9sNWAAAR8xk.jpg

 

 

 

 

C_Nem5yXoAI_Xth.jpg

 

 

c954ae6729461087243fbc5194922cb9_L.jpg

 

Edited by OlympicIRL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Three-Medal Haul for Irish Rowers at European Championships

 

DA6SW6eXkAA531o.jpg

 

 

 

rire.png

 

 

It was a successful morning for the Irish rowers on finals day at the European Championships in the Czech Republic today.

Mark O'Donovan and partner Shane O'Driscoll secured gold in the men's lightweight pairs final. The pairing pulled away after the 600m mark and never relinquished the lead thereafter, finishing well ahead of their nearest challengers from Russia.

 

Moments later, clubmate Denise Walsh put in a fantastic performance to claim the silver medal in the women's lightweight single sculls. Denise fought her way from 4th at the halfway mark to come home 2nd just behind the winner from Sweden.

 

Not to be outdone, the O'Donovan brothers completed the hat-trick of medals for the Irish team with a professional performance in the men's lightweight double sculls. The Olympic silver medalists were again outdone by their Rio 2016 nemesis from France, who again have shown they are the crew to beat in this event. It was a tremendously tough field in the men's lightweight doubles here at the Europeans with several of the top crews in the world assembled on the start line.

The Irish brothers looked out of contention for most of the race but their trademark sprint finish saw them move through from 5th place to secure silver and ensure a maximum 100% return on medals from the 3 Irish crews competing at the European Championships.

 

Well done guys :)

 

In other rowing news, Antonio Maurogiovanni has been named as the new high performance director of Irish rowing, taking over the role vacated by Morten Espersen. The 51-year-old Italian represented Italy at two Olympic Games (1988 and 1992) and has coached at various levels in Italy, Netherlands and Australia (where most recently he has been coach of the u23 national team coach).

Best of luck to all at Rowing Ireland.... hopefully more success will follow in the years to come!

 

 

DA6SW6eWsAAEoYf.jpg

 

 

 

DA6SW7rXgAEMwB_.jpg

 

 

Edited by OlympicIRL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

 

 

2020 Vision

 

article-urn:publicid:ap.org:62ec8a455192

 

 

Mona McSharry

 

 

image-3.jpeg

 

 

 

 

 

Mona McSharry claims gold at European Junior Championships

 

 

It was a golden day in the pool for 2020 Vision Member Mona McSharry as she claimed the 50m breaststroke title at the European Junior Championships in Israel today.

 

The 16-year-old set a new Irish senior record of 30.91secs in the semi-finals and claimed top spot on the podium in the final, finishing ahead of Poland's Weronika Hellmann.

 

McSharry will go again in the women's 200m breaststroke heats tomorrow along with teammate Niamh Coyne.

 

Elsewhere, Ellen Walshe knocked over a second off her personal best in the women's 200m butterfly, finishing in 10th place overall.

 

SPORTS.jpg

 

 

 

Edited by OlympicIRL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

article-urn:publicid:ap.org:62ec8a455192

 

2020 Vision

 

 

 

Silver Success for McSharry and Ferguson at European Juniors

 

 

Swim_Ireland_Logo.png

 

 

There has been further success for 2020 Vision members at the European Junior Championships in Netanya, Israel this weekend.

 

16-year-old Mona McSharry has added a silver to the gold she won earlier in the week in the final of the women's 200m breaststroke. Not only did she smash the Irish junior record, but she eclipsed the senior mark held by Fiona Doyle on her way to silver in a time of 2:27.22 mins.

 

Mona has been back in the pool today, coming through the heats and semis of the women's 100m breaststroke, and establishing herself as the number one seed for tomorrow's final.

 

Fellow 2020 Vision member Conor Ferguson was also amongst the medals, coming home in second in the final of the men's 50m backstroke, claiming the silver medal in a time of 25.27 secs.

 

It is a busy summer for both Mona and Conor as they will also compete at the Senior World Championships later this month and again at the World Junior Championships.

 

Mona was also helping the Irish team to a superb 4th place finish in the final of the 4x100m Mixed Medley Relay in a new Irish junior record time of 3:54.75 mins.

 

Ireland has now claimed a gold and two silvers from these championships with Mona looking to add to her tally in the women's 100m breaststroke final tomorrow. Best of luck to her!

 

DDlK0EUWsAAPbZn.jpg

 

 

 

 

image.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by OlympicIRL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

Ireland Awarded Test Cricket Status

 

Ireland.jpg

 

 

 

cricket-ireland-portfolio-slide-1.jpg

 

 

Irish cricket has reached the proverbial promised-land with the news that they have been awarded International Test Cricket status. The International Cricket Council voted unanimously to hand Test status to Ireland and Afghanistan, who will now become just the 11th and 12th members of the lucrative Test Cricket club.

 

It is the first time a nation has been added to the list of Test Cricket members since Bangladesh were given Test status in 2000.

 

Ireland had given the ICC food for thought in recent years by repeatedly causing huge upsets at World Cup level, with the then Associate-member side defeating giants Pakistan, Bangladesh, England and the West Indies in the last three successive World Cups as well as drawing with Zimbabwe in the 2007 edition, each of those being Test nations.

 

ICC chief-executive David Richardson congratulated the new Test members:

 

“I’d like to congratulate Afghanistan and Ireland on their Full Membership status which is the result of their dedication to improving performance both off and on the field resulting in the significant development and growth of cricket in their respective countries. Both have clearly demonstrated they meet the new criteria and as such have made the progression to Full Membership.”

 

 

 

With Ireland now getting access to play the world's best teams on a regular basis and a larger slice of funding, it is hoped that Irish cricket will continue it's dramatic progress in the years to come. Also with the carrot of Test Status no longer a prize beyond the reach of aspiring Irish players, it is hoped that Ireland will now be able to hold on to all of their best players who in the past lost players who went to England in order to get a chance of playing Test cricket.

 

Well done guys, very well deserved :)

 

 

 

Edited by OlympicIRL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

Irish Pentathletes Retain Mixed Relay World Cup Title

 

DDkEuveXYAAGtyr.jpg

 

 

 

2JCnEG5D_400x400.jpeg

 

 

Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe and Natalya Coyle retained the Mixed Relay World Cup title in Lithuania last weekend. The Irish pair built up a 23-second advantage going into the combined shoot and run event which proved enough to see them claim gold for the second successive year at the World Cup Final.

 

The Irish duo are continuing their fine form into this season having both enjoyed a successful Rio Olympics (Arthur finished 8th and Natalya 6th in their respective individual events).

 

There was more good news for Arthur and Natalya this week with the news that they are to be upgraded to the bronze medal for the 2015 World Championships after a failed drugs test from Russian Maksim Kustov. There were mixed emotions from the news with Arthur commenting:

 

Delighted although at the same time devastated! My grandad & mum traveled to watch that competition & that moment was stolen from us!

 

 

Natalya expressed similar sentiments:

 

We've just been awarded a WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BRONZE medal from 2015! Happy yet sad we couldn't celebrate on the day.

 

 

Elsewhere, there were encouraging results from two other Irish pentathletes with Sive Brassil placing 19th and Kate Coleman-Lenehan coming home 25th in the World Cup final in what is proving to be a breakthrough season for both.

 

 

Great results for Irish pentathlon this season. Long may it continue :)

 

Edited by OlympicIRL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×