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Tokyo 2020 Olympic sports update

May 2, 2021 08:05 By Dave Hooper
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Latest update as we head closer to the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic games

On Wednesday the first of version two of the stakeholder Playbooks were released.

These playbooks outline the framework of how the Games will operate while adhering closely to health and safety measures.

Athletes and Staff will be asked to provide two negative Covid tests in the 96 hours before travelling and will be tested daily. Some of the main points are included here.

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Athletics

Aoife Cooke has achieved the Olympic Standard in the Women’s Marathon competing at the Cheshire elite marathon.

Cooke’s time of 2:28.30 was inside the marathon standard of 2:29.30. Ireland can send up to three competitors in the marathon for each gender and Aoife Cooke joins Fionnuala McCormack in achieving the standard. Anne Marie McGlynn was just four seconds outside the required time.

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A top eight finish for either of the two Irish teams competing at the World Athletics Relays Silesia21 guarantee an Olympic spot. The competition is held in Poland this weekend.

Canoeing

The Irish Canoe Slalom team has been announced ahead of the Senior European Championships in Ivrea, Italy, from the 6-9 May.

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Diving

The FINA Diving World Cup takes place in Tokyo, Japan from May 1st to 5th with four athletes arriving on Friday.

Over the course of the week Oliver Dingley (3M Springboard), Clare Cryan (3M Springboard), Ciara McGing (Platform) and Tanya Watson (Platform) will all compete for Olympic Qualification.

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Equestrian

Last weekend was an important one for the Irish Eventing Team, with many of the Irish Olympic shortlisted riders attending the Ballindenisk International in Co. Cork.

The CC14*-S competition saw three of Ireland’s silver medal winning team from the 2018 World Championships finish in the top three places, with Sarah Ennis and The Irish Sport Horse Horseware Stellor Rebound claiming the overall victory.

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Gymnastics

Rhys McClenaghan finished fifth in the Pommel Horse at the 2021 European Gymnastics Championships with a score of 13.566 after an unlucky fall while debuting an upgraded routine in the final.

McClenaghan had qualified with the top score, in the event where Ireland saw Emma Slevin and Adam Steele become Ireland’s first ever finalists in the senior All-Around at the European Championships.

Hockey

Irish women are currently in Bisham Abbey competing in an Uncapped Series against Great Britain.

Yesterday also saw the re-signing of the agreement with Iwate Town, which will be the host city for the Irish Hockey team before they compete in Tokyo.

Sailing

Last weekend the Irish Sailors finished competition in Portugal, where the men’s Laser missed out on an Olympic qualification spot.

In the Laser Radial Annalise Murphy turned around what had been a disappointing first few days to deliver four consecutive race win ‘bullets’ in the Radial Silver fleet to win the classification.

Swimming

Last week the cream of Irish swimming gathered at the National Aquatic Centre, where the Irish National Team Trials took place both Danielle Hill and Daniel Wiffen produced top performances, breaking national records in the closing day.

During the week both Wiffen and Mona McSharry achieved the FINA A Standard, joining Darragh Greene and Shane Ryan in the list of athletes who have achieved an Olympic qualifying team.

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