Irish athletes who qualified for 2016 Olympics achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event.
It’s that time of the year again when the top athletes of the world gather to show who’s the best in their respective discipline.
As the Olympics kicked off in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil over the weekend, you’re probably wondering who will be representing Ireland in various sporting events.
If you want to know who to root for, here’s a list of every Irish athlete qualified for 2016 Olympics.
Roster of Ireland’s Representatives
A total of 77 Irish athletes qualified for the Olympic Games this year. Ireland also has a handful of athletes on reserve in case last-minute replacements need to be made.
Throughout the course of history, Ireland’s athletics team has earned six medals, with Ron Delaney winning the country’s last gold medal in this sport in 1956.
- Mark English – 800m
- Ciara Everard – 800m
- Ciara Mageen – 1,500m
- Thomas Barr – 400m hurdles
- Kerry O’Flaherty – 3,000m steeplechase
- Sara Treacy – 3,000m steeplechase
- Michelle Finn – 3,000m steeplechase
- Fionnuala McCormack – 10,000m, marathon
- Alex Wright – 20k walk, 50k walk
- Rob Heffernan – 20k walk, 50k walk
- Brendan Boyce – 50k walk
- Tori Pena – Pole Vault
- Lizzie Lee – marathon
- Breege Connolly – marathon
- Kevin Seaward – marathon
- Mick Clohissey – marathon
- Paul Pollock – marathon
Irish athletes qualified for 2016 Olympics: Boxing
The Irish excel in boxing. In fact, of the 28 Olympic medals the country has won, 16 of them have been in boxing.
- Paddy Barnes – Light fly (49kg)
- Brendan Irvine – Fly (52kg)
- Michael Conlan – Bantam (56kg)
- David Oliver Joyce – Light (60kg)
- Steven Donnelly – Welter (69kg)
- Michael O’Reilly – Middle (75kg)
- Joe Ward – Light Heavy (81kg)
- Katie Taylor – Light (60kg)
Irish athletes qualified for 2016 Olympics: Swimming
Three Irish swimmers have qualified for the Olympics
- Fiona Doyle – 1oom breaststroke
- Shane Ryan – 1oom backstroke
- Nicholas Quinn – 200m breaststroke
Irish athletes qualified for 2016 Olympics: Hockey
Ireland’s men’s hockey team is composed of 16 players. They earned their ticket to the Olympics by placing 10th in the World Hockey League semifinals and a variety of continental qualifiers.
Irish athletes qualified for 2016 Olympics: Equestrian
There are three Irish riders participating in three disciplines at the Rio Olympics
- Clare Abbott – 3 Day Eventing
- Jonty Evans – 3 Day Eventing
- Mark Kyle – 3 Day Eventing
- Padraig McCarthy – 3 Day Eventing
- Greg Broderick – Show Jumping
- Judy Reynolds – Dressage
Irish athletes qualified for 2016 Olympics: Sailing
There are four qualified boats representing Ireland at the Games.
- Annalise Murphy – Laser Radial
- Finn Lynch – Laser
- Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern – 49er
- Andrea Brewster & Saskia Tidey – 49er FX
Irish athletes qualified for 2016 Olympics: Modern Pentathlon
After a last-minute confirmation, Natalya Coyle will be Joining Arthur Lannigan-O’Keeffe, who won the 2015 European Championships gold medal, to run for Ireland.
Irish athletes qualified for 2016 Olympics: Rowing
Ireland’s double sculls teams booked a ticket to the Olympics by finishing in the top 11 at the World Championships.
- Lightweight double sculls women – Sinead Jennings/Claire Lambe
- Lightweight double sculls men – Paul & Gary O’Donovan
- Women’s single sculls – Sanita Puspure
Irish athletes qualified for 2016 Olympics: Cycling
The following Irish cyclists will be biking their way towards the gold medal:
- Men’s road race – Dan Martin
- Men’s road race -Nicholas Roche
- Track Cycling – Women’s Kierin – Shannon McCurly
Irish athletes qualified for 2016 Olympics: Diving
Oliver Dingley is Ireland’s lone diving representative. He will be competing at the men’s 3m springboard.
Irish athletes qualified for 2016 Olympics: Gymnastics
Kieran Behan will return for his second Olympics while Ellis O’Reilly will be the first Irish woman to represent Ireland in gymnastics.
Irish athletes qualified for 2016 Olympics: Badminton
Scott Evans and Chloe Magee will be competing in the men’s and women’s individual matches, respectively.
Irish athletes qualified for 2016 Olympics: Triathlon
Bryan Keane and Aileen Reid will swim, cycle, and run their way towards the gold medal in the men’s and women’s individual triathlon event.
Irish athletes qualified for 2016 Olympics: Golf
Unfortunately, Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, and Graeme McDowell, Ireland’s top 3 ranked golfers, pulled out from the competition. However, Padraig Harrington and Seamus Power will be taking their places. In the women’s tournament, Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow will represent Ireland.
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