Ireland at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Ireland at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Ireland.svg
IOC code IRL
NOC Olympic Council of Ireland
Website www.olympicsport.ie
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 77 in 14 sports
Flag bearer Paddy Barnes (opening)[1]
Gary O'Donovan (closing)
Medals
Ranked 62nd
Gold
0
Silver
2
Bronze
0
Total
2
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Great Britain (1896–1920)

Ireland competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's twenty-first appearance at the Summer Olympics, having attended every edition, either in its own right or as part of a Great Britain and Ireland team before 1924, with the exception of the 1936 Summer Olympics in Nazi Germany.

The Olympic Council of Ireland fielded a team of 77 athletes, 51 men and 26 women, across 14 sports at the Games.[2] It was the nation's largest delegation sent to the Olympics since 1996, due to the historic comeback of the men's field hockey squad after a century-long absence.[3][4] Apart from field hockey, Ireland also made its Olympic return to diving after nearly seven decades, as well as its debut in golf (new to the 2016 Games) and women's track cycling.

The Irish roster featured four Olympic medalists from London 2012, namely defending boxing champion Katie Taylor in the women's flyweight division, boxers Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes (bronze in 2008 and 2012), who was selected as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony, and race walking veteran Robert Heffernan, who became the first Irishman in history to participate in five Olympics.[1][5] Kevin Kilty was named as Team Ireland Chef de Mission for the Games.[6]

Ireland returned home from Rio de Janeiro with two silver medals. Brothers Gary and Paul O'Donovan etched their names on Irish sporting history by winning the country's first ever medal in rowing, and instantly became internet sensations after several videos of them being interviewed went viral.[7] Meanwhile, Laser Radial sailor Annalise Murphy banished her pain of missing out the podium at London 2012 with a silver-medal effort in the Laser Radial class, ending Ireland's 36-year-old drought on the sport.[8] For the first time in 12 years, Ireland failed to collect a single medal in boxing, as none of its boxers progressed beyond the quarterfinal round.[9]

Ticket scandal[edit]

On 5 August police in Rio arrested two people for attempted illegal resale of hundreds of tickets allocated to the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI). One of the two was employed by THG Sports, which was the OCI's authorised ticket reseller (ATR) in 2012 but not 2016; the OCI denied any involvement. Shane Ross, the Minister for Sport, promised a "robust inquiry".[10][11] Pro 10 Sports Management, the OCI's 2016 ATR, said the man arrested was working as their agent to distribute tickets which had been paid for legitimately.[12] On 17 August, Pat Hickey, the OCI president, was arrested in Rio in connection with the investigation.[13]

Medallists[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Irish athletes achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[14][15]

Following the end of the qualifying period on July 11, 2016, a total of 17 athletes (8 men and 9 women) were officially named to the Irish track and field roster, with race walker and London 2012 bronze medalist Robert Heffernan becoming the first Irishman in history to be selected for five consecutive Olympics.[16]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
  • NM = No mark

Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Mark English 800 m 1:46.40 3 Q 1:45.93 5 Did not advance
Thomas Barr 400 m hurdles 48.93 2 Q 48.39 1 Q 47.97 4
Mick Clohisey Marathon N/A 2:26:34 103
Paul Pollock N/A 2:16:24 32
Kevin Seaward N/A 2:20:06 64
Alex Wright 20 km walk N/A 1:25:25 46
Brendan Boyce 50 km walk N/A 3:53:59 19
Robert Heffernan N/A 3:43:55 6
Alex Wright N/A DNF
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Ciara Everard 800 m 2:07.91 8 Did not advance
Ciara Mageean 1500 m 4:11.51 2 Q 4:08.07 11 Did not advance
Fionnuala McCormack 10000 m N/A Withdrew before race
Michelle Finn 3000 m steeplechase 9:49.45 11 N/A Did not advance
Kerry O'Flaherty 9:45.53 14 N/A Did not advance
Sara Louise Treacy 9:46.24 12 q N/A 9:52.70 17
Breege Connelly Marathon N/A 2:44:41 76
Lizzie Lee N/A 2:39:57 57
Fionnuala McCormack N/A 2:31:22 20
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Tori Pena Pole vault 4.30 27 Did not advance

Badminton[edit]

Ireland qualified two badminton players for each of the following events into the Olympic tournament. Two-time Olympian Scott Evans was selected among the top 34 individual shuttlers in the men's singles based on the BWF World Rankings as of 5 May 2016, while Chloe Magee picked up one of the spare athlete berths from the doubles as the next highest-ranked eligible player in the women's singles.[17][18]

Athlete Event Group Stage Elimination Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Scott Evans Men's singles  Zwiebler (GER)
W (9–21, 21–17, 21–7)
 de Oliveira (BRA)
W (21–8, 19–21, 21–8)
1  Axelsen (DEN)
L (16–21, 12–21)
Did not advance
Chloe Magee Women's singles  Wang Yh (CHN)
L (7–21, 12–21)
 Schnaase (GER)
L (14–21, 19–21)
3 Did not advance

Boxing[edit]

Ireland entered eight boxers to compete in the following weight classes into the Olympic boxing tournament. 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan were the only Irishmen finishing among the top two of their respective division in the World Series of Boxing, and qualified from that method. Conlan and Joe Ward earned spots at the 2015 World Championships.[19] Conlan's results in the World Championships took preference, allowing others to qualify through the WSB. Steven Donnelly had initially finished outside the qualifying places in the WSB, but eventually received the unused spot, following a box-off between both Russian qualifiers (through WSB and World Championships).[20]

Brendan Irvine and David Joyce booked Olympic spots with box-off victories at the 2016 European Qualification Tournament in Samsun, Turkey.[21] Meanwhile, London 2012 lightweight champion Katie Taylor had her sights set to her Olympic title defense in Rio with a quarterfinal victory at the World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.[22] Michael O'Reilly secured an additional Olympic place on the Irish roster at the 2016 AIBA World Qualifying Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan.[23]

Longtime head coach Billy Walsh left the Irish Amateur Boxing Association for USA Boxing in October 2015 after a contract dispute; this was mooted as a factor in the team's disappointing results.[24][25]

Men
Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Paddy Barnes Light flyweight Bye  Carmona (ESP)
L 1–2
Did not advance
Brendan Irvine Flyweight  Zoirov (UZB)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Michael Conlan Bantamweight Bye  Avagyan (ARM)
W 3–0
 Nikitin (RUS)
L 0–3
Did not advance
David Joyce Lightweight  Allisop (SEY)
W 3–0
 Selimov (AZE)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Steven Donnelly Welterweight  Kedache (ALG)
W 3–0
 Tüvshinbat (MGL)
W 2–1
 Rabii (MAR)
L 1–2
Did not advance
Michael O'Reilly Middleweight Bye  Rodríguez (MEX)
L WO
Disqualified for failing a drugs test
Joe Ward Light heavyweight Bye  Mina (ECU)
L 1–2
Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Katie Taylor Lightweight Bye  Potkonen (FIN)
L 1–2
Did not advance

Cycling[edit]

Road[edit]

Irish riders qualified for a maximum of two quota places in the men's Olympic road race by virtue of their top 15 final national ranking in the 2015 UCI Europe Tour.[26]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Dan Martin Men's road race 6:13:03 13
Nicolas Roche 6:19:43 29

Track[edit]

Following the completion of the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Ireland entered one rider to compete only in women's keirin at the Olympics, by virtue of her final individual UCI Olympic ranking in that event.

Keirin
Athlete Event 1st Round Repechage 2nd Round Final
Rank Rank Rank Rank
Shannon McCurley Women's keirin 5 R 4 Did not advance

Diving[edit]

For the first time since the 1948 Summer Olympics, Ireland entered one diver into the Olympic competition by virtue of a top 18 finish at the 2016 FINA World Cup.[27][28]

Athlete Event Preliminaries Semifinals Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Oliver Dingley Men's 3 m springboard 399.80 13 Q 414.25 9 Q 442.90 8

Equestrian[edit]

Ireland fielded a full squad of riders in the eventing competition by finishing sixth in the team event at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games.[29] One dressage and jumping rider were each added to the squad by virtue of the following results in the individual FEI Olympic rankings: a top six placement outside the continental selection in dressage, and a top finish from North Western Europe in jumping.[30]

Dressage[edit]

Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K were named to the Irish roster on June 10, 2016.[31]

Athlete Horse Event Grand Prix Grand Prix Special Grand Prix Freestyle Overall
Score Rank Score Rank Technical Artistic Score Rank
Judy Reynolds Vancouver K Individual 74.700 21 Q 74.090 17 Q 72.250 79.143 75.696 18

Eventing[edit]

The Irish eventing team was named to the Olympic equestrian roster on June 9, 2016.[32]

Athlete Horse Event Dressage Cross-country Jumping Total
Qualifier Final
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Clare Abbott Euro Prince Individual 47.00 29 107.90 112.60 38 0.00 112.60 36 Did not advance 112.60 36
Jonty Evans Cooley Rorke's Drift 41.80 9 22.80 64.60 16 0.00 64.60 13 Q 0.00 64.60 9 64.60 9
Mark Kyle Jemilla 50.40 45 50.80 101.20 35 8.00 109.20 33 Did not advance 109.20 33
Padraig McCarthy Simon Porloe 46.80 # 26 Eliminated Did not advance
Clare Abbott
Jonty Evans
Mark Kyle
See above Team 135.60 5 123.80 278.40 9 8.00 286.40 8 N/A 286.40 8

"#" indicates that the score of this rider does not count in the team competition, since only the best three results of a team are counted.

Jumping[edit]

Greg Broderick and Going Global were named to the Irish roster on June 8, 2016.[33]

Athlete Horse Event Qualification Final Total
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round A Round B
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Greg Broderick Going Global Individual 8 53 Q 5 13 50 Did not advance

Field hockey[edit]

Summary

Key:

Team Event Group Stage Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Ireland men's Men's tournament  India
L 2–3
 Netherlands
L 0–5
 Germany
L 2–3
 Canada
W 4–2
 Argentina
L 2–3
5 Did not advance 10

Men's tournament[edit]

Ireland men's field hockey team qualified for the Olympics by having achieved the next highest placement in the 2014-2015 FIH Hockey World League Semifinals among countries not then qualified for the Games. It was Ireland's first Olympic tournament since 1908.[34] Australia's 3–2 victory over New Zealand in the Oceania Cup meant the Irish team made it to Rio.

Team roster
The following is the Irish roster in the men's field hockey tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[35]

Head coach: Craig Fulton

Reserves:

Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 5 4 1 0 17 10 +7 13 Quarter-finals
2  Netherlands 5 3 1 1 18 6 +12 10
3  Argentina 5 2 2 1 14 12 +2 8
4  India 5 2 1 2 9 9 0 7
5  Ireland 5 1 0 4 10 16 −6 3
6  Canada 5 0 1 4 7 22 −15 1
Source: Rio2016
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head result.[36]
6 August 2016 (2016-08-06)
11:00
India  3–2  Ireland
Raghunath Goal 15+'
Ru. Singh Goal 27'49'
Report Shimmins Goal 45'
Harte Goal 56'
Umpires:
Murray Grime (AUS)
Paco Vázquez (ESP)

7 August 2016 (2016-08-07)
18:00
Netherlands  5–0  Ireland
van der Weerden Goal 7'40'
Croon Goal 8'
Pruijser Goal 42'
Hertzberger Goal 60'
Report
Umpires:
Nathan Stagno (GBR)
Tim Pullman (AUS)

9 August 2016 (2016-08-09)
12:30
Germany  3–2  Ireland
Fürste Goal 13'38'
Zwicker Goal 42'
Report Magee Goal 26'
Darling Goal 59'
Umpires:
Marcelo Servetto (ESP)
Lim Hong Zhen (SIN)

11 August 2016 (2016-08-11)
11:00
Ireland  4–2  Canada
O'Donoghue Goal 1'28'
Caruth Goal 29'
Darling Goal 57'
Report Tupper Goal 37'50'
Umpires:
Marcelo Servetto (ESP)
Nathan Stagno (GBR)

12 August 2016 (2016-08-12)
19:30
Ireland  2–3  Argentina
Jermyn Goal 25'
O'Donoghue Goal 51'
Report Saladino Goal 8'
Peillat Goal 27'51'
Umpires:
Simon Taylor (NZL)
Paco Vázquez (ESP)

Golf[edit]

Ireland entered four golfers (two per gender) into the Olympic tournament. Pádraig Harrington (world no. 148), Séamus Power (world no. 290), and Leona Maguire (world no. 353) qualified directly among the top 60 eligible players for their respective individual events based on the IGF World Rankings as of 11 July 2016.[37][38] Meanwhile, Stephanie Meadow received a spare Olympic berth freed up by the Dutch golfers, as second replacement, to join Maguire in the women's tournament.[39] Paul McGinley is the non-playing team leader.[40][41]

Harrington and Power were confirmed for selection on 14 July, three weeks after the withdrawal in quick succession of Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, and Graeme McDowell (world ranked 4, 25, and 57 respectively).[42] McIlroy and Lowry blamed the Zika epidemic while McDowell stated he wanted to be with his pregnant wife.[42] McIlroy and McDowell are from Northern Ireland and there had been speculation in previous years about whether they would choose to represent Ireland or Great Britain, McDowell deciding in 2013 and McIlroy in 2014.[43][44]

Athlete Event Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total
Score Score Score Score Score Par Rank
Pádraig Harrington Men's 70 71 67 73 281 −3 =21
Séamus Power 71 67 74 67 279 −5 =15
Leona Maguire Women's 74 65 74 69 282 –2 =21
Stephanie Meadow 77 66 71 72 286 +2 =31

Gymnastics[edit]

Artistic[edit]

Ireland entered two artistic gymnasts into the Olympic competition, including a first female Irish gymnast. London 2012 Olympian Kieran Behan and Ellis O'Reilly had claimed their Olympic spots each in the men's and women's apparatus and all-around events, respectively, at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.[45][46]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB F PH R V PB HB
Kieran Behan All-around 14.333 12.866 14.133 14.300 14.000 13.600 82.232 38 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
V UB BB F V UB BB F
Ellis O'Reilly All-around 13.266 12.300 10.700 11.666 48.732 57 Did not advance

Modern pentathlon[edit]

Ireland qualified two modern pentathletes for the following events at the Games. London 2012 Olympian Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe claimed one of the eight available Olympic slots with a first-place finish in the men's event at the 2015 European Championships.[47] Meanwhile, O'Keeffe's teammate Natalya Coyle was granted an invitation from UIPM to compete in the women's event for the second time, as one of the next highest-ranked eligible modern pentathletes, not yet qualified, in the same tournament.[48]

Athlete Event Fencing
(épée one touch)
Swimming
(200 m freestyle)
Riding
(show jumping)
Combined: shooting/running
(10 m air pistol)/(3200 m)
Total points Final rank
RR BR Rank MP points Time Rank MP points Penalties Rank MP points Time Rank MP points
Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe Men's 16–19 2 25 198 2:03:03 13 331 0.00 1 300 11:23.96 7 617 1446 8
Natalya Coyle Women's 19–16 1 12 215 2:17.38 18 288 0.00 1 300 12:58.13 16 522 1325 7

Rowing[edit]

Ireland qualified three boats for each of the following rowing classes into the Olympic regatta. Rowing crews in both the men's and women's lightweight double sculls confirmed Olympic places for their boats at the 2015 FISA World Championships in Lac d'Aiguebelette, France, while a women's single sculls rower added one more boat to the Irish roster as a result of her top three finish at the 2016 European & Final Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.[49]

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Gary O'Donovan
Paul O'Donovan
Men's lightweight double sculls 6:23:72 1 SA/B Bye N/A 6:35.70 3 FA 6:31.23 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Sanita Pušpure Women's single sculls 9:11.45 2 QF Bye 7:28.68 4 SC/D 7:53.48 1 FC 7:27.60 13
Sinéad Lynch
Claire Lambe
Women's lightweight double sculls 7:10.91 2 SA/B Bye N/A 7:18.24 3 FA 7:13.09 6

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

Sailing[edit]

Irish sailors qualified one boat in each of the following classes through the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, the individual fleet Worlds, and European qualifying regattas.[50][51] Meanwhile, the 49erFX crew claimed an Olympic place on the Irish sailing team by picking up the unused berth freed by the African continental selection based on the results at the 2015 World Championships.[52]

Men
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M*
Finn Lynch Laser 14 27 15 39 18 27 33 30 40 47 N/A EL 243 32
Matt McGovern
Ryan Seaton
49er 14 2 4 1 14 19 12 7 13 19 20 1 18 121 10
Women
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M*
Annalise Murphy Laser Radial 1 13 4 7 5 2 18 12 6 7 N/A 10 67 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Andrea Brewster
Saskia Tidey
49erFX 8 3 6 18 13 14 19 6 18 8 13 12 EL 119 12

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race; strikethrough – each sailor/team discards their worst result

Swimming[edit]

Irish swimmers achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):[53][54]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Nicholas Quinn Men's 100 m breaststroke 1:01.29 33 Did not advance
Men's 200 m breaststroke 2:11.67 19 Did not advance
Shane Ryan Men's 50 m freestyle 22.88 43 Did not advance
Men's 100 m freestyle 49.82 40 Did not advance
Men's 100 m backstroke 53.85 NR 14 Q 54.40 16 Did not advance
Fiona Doyle Women's 100 m breaststroke 1:07.58 20 Did not advance
Women's 200 m breaststroke 2:29.76 25 Did not advance

Triathlon[edit]

Ireland qualified two triathletes for the following events at the Olympics. Bryan Keane and London 2012 Olympian Aileen Morrison were ranked among the top 40 eligible triathletes each in the men's and women's event, respectively, based on the ITU Olympic Qualification List as of May 15, 2016.[55]

Athlete Event Swim (1.5 km) Trans 1 Bike (40 km) Trans 2 Run (10 km) Total Time Rank
Bryan Keane Men's 18:10 0:57 59:30 0:41 32:51 1:52.09 40
Aileen Morrison Women's 19:19 0:54 1:04:31 0:42 35:48 2:01:14 21

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