List of Irish athletes qualified for the 2021 Olympic Games
Over the past two weeks briefings have been taking place regarding the latest edition of the Playbook. For those travelling to Tokyo, regardless of whether they are athletes or other stakeholders, there will be an increase in Covid testing, and activity plans will have to be completed 4 weeks in advance. More details and FAQ can be found here. and included here.
The mixed 4 x 400m team of Chris O’Donnell, Phil Healy, Sharlene Mawdsley, and Thomas Barr produced a stunning performance to finish 3rd in 3.16.84 NR which not only secured a place in tomorrow’s final, but also claimed Olympic and 2022 World Championships qualification.
The Women’s 4 x 200m also finished an historic second with a stunning performance.
The Irish Canoe Slalom team just fell short of achieving a qualifying spot with Noel Hendrick coming within one nation spot of qualifying for Tokyo in the Men’s K1. Hendrick is an FBD Make a Difference Scholar.
In the 2021 Canoe Sprint European Qualifier, Jenny Egan finished 8th in the final of a tough race. It was not enough to take one of the two places on offer.
Last week Tanya Watson and Oliver Dingley performed strongly in the FINA Diving World Cup in Tokyo, competing in the Women’s 10m Platform and the Men’s 3m Springboard events respectively. Alongside teammates Ciara McGing (10m Platform) and Clare Cryan (3m Springboard) they are now competing in Budapest for the LEN European Aquatics Championships from Monday, 10-23 May, after which they will await final FINA ranking confirmation.
Olivia Mehaffey is ready to take on the world of professional golf and will make her debut on the Symetra Tour’s Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship in Orlando later this month. Read more HERE.
Three Irish Athletes are set to compete in the UIPM 2021 Pentathlon World Cup Final which takes place from 13 – 16 May, in Hungary. Natalya Coyle, Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe and Sive Brassil will all be in action, with Lanigan O’Keeffe and Brassil both still seeking Olympic qualification, with strong performances required in both his World Cup and the World Championships in Cairo in June. Day one saw Natalya finish tenth in the fencing round.
This week is a big one for Irish rowing, with the 2021 Olympic Qualifying Regatta taking place in Lucerne. Three crews are competing for the coveted Olympic berths, the Women’s Four, Women’s Lightweight Double and the Men’s Single. Competition runs from the 14-15 May. Ireland has already four crews qualified for Tokyo this summer.
Swim Ireland have confirmed a large team of 24 athletes (20 swimmers and 4 divers) for the LEN European Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, which run from the 10 – 23 May at the Duna Arena. The swimming element of the Championships runs from May 17-23 and the team’s focus will be trying to qualify a relay team for the Olympic Games for the first time in 49 years.
Find the schedule here: Schedule – Len-Budapest 2020
Read more HERE
Russell White and Carolyn Hayes are both in Yokohama this weekend, racing the first event in the re-opened qualification period for triathlon.
The race is the first of six over six weeks that will offer points before qualification closes in mid June.
Download the most recent qualification status for Team Ireland AT THIS LINK
64 athletes qualified to date – 9 HORSES – 2 named athletes – 68 events – 13 sports
To date IOC qualification standards/quotas have been met by 58 Irish athletes in the following:
Athletics (8) Race Walkers – 2 (qualification times achieved by: Brendan Boyce
50km, Alex White 20km)
Marathon – 5 (qualification times achieved by: Fionnuala McCormack,
Aoife Cooke, Paul Pollock, Stephen Scullion, Kevin Seaward)
Track & Field –
Women 1500m 1 (Ciara Mageean 1500m)
Mixed Relay (qualified at the World Athletics Relay by Thomas Barr,
Chris O’Donnell, Phil Healy, Sharlene Mawdsley on 1 May 2021)
Note that until the date for achieving times has passed, nobody will be
nominated for spots. This specifically applies to the marathon where a
maximum of three athletes can compete for one nation – so in this
case if more than 3 athletes in each category achieve the qualifying
standard, then the NF selection comes into play.
Boxing (1) 52kg male (Brendan Irvine)
European Qualifier paused after day 2 to be resumed in June
Canoe Slalom (1) Liam Jegou officially selected for the Canoe Slalom C1 event
Cycling Road (4 quota,
3 road racers
1 will also compete in time trial
These will be selected next year. The parcours is hilly so likely to be
two climbers and one time triallist.
Cycling Track (6 quota,
4 events, 4 athletes)
2 madison teams (2 riders)
1 of each team also competes in the omnium
Men and Women.
No more opportunities to qualify
Diving (1 athlete) Women’s 10m Platform (qualified by Tanya Watson with 271.85 points
in the FINA Diving World Cup 2021 which qualified her for the semi
finals with 16th place)
Equestrian (9 athletes) Dressage team (3 + horses + 1 reserve)
Eventing team (3 + horses + 1 reserve)
Show jumping team (3 + horses + 1 reserve)
All places have been secured in equestrian – names tbc
Gymnastics (1) Men’s Pommel – Rhys McClenaghan (nomination and selection process
still to be completed)
Hockey (16) Women’s Team (+2 reserve)
Modern Pentathlon (1) Women’s event
Qualified by Natalya Coyle, also being contested by Sive Brassil.
Rowing (4 boats, 7
Women’s Single (W1x) qualified by Sanita Puspure
Women’s Pair (W2-) qualified by Aileen Crowley and Monika Dukarska
(contested by a large squad of females who will also look to qualify a
Men’s Lightweight Double (LM2X) qualified by Paul O’Donovan and
Fintan McCarthy (contested also by Gary O’Donovan, Shane O’Driscoll
and Jake McCarthy)
Men’s Double (M2X) qualified by Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne
Sailing (3) Women’s Laser Radial – NF Nomination Annalise Murphy
Men’s 49ers – Qualified by Robert Dickson & Sean Waddilove
Swimming (4) Darragh Greene in 100m & 200m Breaststroke (nominated by sport)
Shane Ryan in 100m Backstroke (nominated by sport)
Daniel Wiffen (800m Freestyle)
Mona McSharry (100m Breaststroke)
Taekwondo (1) Men’s 58kg –Jack Woolley officially selected HERE.
All of these are now subjected to NF selection criteria. The OFI will not officially confirm the
selection of athletes until the selection process has been followed.
SPORT IN DETAIL ATHLETICS
Qualification is ongoing for Athletics, with rankings frozen during the pandemic, some are to be
resumed in December 2020. Marathon and Race Walking Qualification resumed and took place in
September, October, November 2020.
Athletes can qualify in two ways:
1. By virtue of their World Athletics world ranking position at the end of the qualification
2. Achieving the entry standard within the qualification period.
Entry standards are set for the sole purpose of qualifying athletes with exceptional performances
unable to qualify through the IAAF world rankings pathway.
The qualification window for athletics runs right up to the end of June for some events, making the
athletics team one of the last sports to be confirmed and announced. Some events, like the race
walk and marathon can be confirmed earlier, by June 2021.
QUALIFICATION TIMES BY EVENT
QUALIFICATION STANDARDS MET
WHO DISCIPLINE WHEN AND WHERE ADDITIONAL NOTES
Brendan Boyce 50km Walker Lithuania May 2019 PB of 3:48.18
Competed in London and Rio.
Was first Irish athlete to
achieve a Tokyo standard
across all the sports.
Alex Wright 20km Walker La Coruna, Spain,
Competed in Rio
Ciara Mageean 1500m Monaco, July 2019
Doha, Sept 2019
Qualified with PB 4:19.03 –
over 3 seconds faster than her
Competed in Rio
Achieved faster again time of
4:00.15 in the 1500m.
Fionnuala McCormack Marathon Chicago Marathon
PB with 2:26.47 – almost 4
seconds off her previous best.
Paul Pollock Marathon Valencia Marathon,
PB with 2:10.25 – 5 minutes
faster than his previous best.
Stephen Scullion Marathon Houston Marathon,
PB with 2:11.52 – 9 seconds
faster than his previous best.
Secured the standard based on
his top five finish in a gold
label road race.
Achieved the qualifying time
standard with 2.09.49
Kevin Seaward Marathon Seville Marathon,
PB with 2:10.10 – second
fastest time ever, second only
to John Treacy’s 2:09.15 in
1984. His previous best was
Aoife Cooke Marathon Cheshire Elite
PB with 2.28.30, becoming
fourth best Irish time ever.
Qualified by Thomas
Barr, Chris O’Donnell,
Phil Healy, Sharlene
Mixed Relay World Athletics
Qualified by Barr, O’Donnell,
Healy, Mawdsley in what is a
new event on the Olympic
STATUS OF NON-QUALIFIED ATHLETES
The best tracker for the current ranking status of athletes is HERE.
CURRENTLY INSIDE RANKING (as of April 30):
NAME DISCIPLINE AND RANKING
Leon Reid M200 m currently 32 (56 qualify)
Marcus Lawlor M200m currently 35 (56 qualify)
Mark English M 800m currently 33 (48 qualify)
Andrew Coscoran M 1500m currently 40 (45 qualify)
Thomas Barr M 400mh currently 16 (40 qualify)
Phil Healy W 200m currently 38 (56 qualify)
Nadia Power W 800m currently 39 (48 qualify)
Michelle Finn W 3000m SC currently 29 (45 qualify)
Kate O’Connor W Heptathlon currently 19 (24 qualify)
Alex Wright M 20km Race Walk currently 37 (60 qualify)
David Kenny M 20km Race Walk currently 55 (60 qualify)
Alex Wright M 50km Race Walk currently 43 (60 qualify)
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CURRENTLY OUTSIDE RANKING:
Ciara Neville W 100m currently 57 (56 qualify)
Sarah Lavin W 400mh currently 42 (40 qualify)
Kerry O’Flaherty W 3000 SC currently 65 (45 qualify)
Christopher O’Donnell M 400 currently 79 (48 qualify)
Colin Quirke M Discus currently 46 (32 qualify)
Eric Favors M Shot Putt currently 64 (32 qualify)
Brendan Boyce M 20km Race Walk currently 67 (60 qualify)
Sharlene Mawdsley W 400m currently 72 (48 qualify)
Siofra Cleirigh Buttner W 800m currently 58 (48 qualify)
Sarah Healy W 1500m currently 60 (45 qualify)
Phillipa Rogan W High Jump currently 54 (32 qualify)
Anne Marie McGlynn W Marathon currently 101 (80 qualify)
Ireland Team W 4x100m currently 24 (16 qualify)
Ireland Team W 4 x 400m currently 36 (16 to qualify)
Ireland Team Mixed 4 x 400 currently 32 (16 qualify)
Ireland Team M 4x400m currently 48 (16 qualify)
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Boxing has undergone a new restructure, with the boxing in the Olympic Games being run by a task
force under the IOC rather than AIBA.
Boxers were originally meant to have two opportunities to qualify for the games – the European
Qualifier, and the World Qualifier. In February 2021 it was announced that the World qualifier
would not be held, and that the European event, which was postponed after day two in 2020, will
now take place in London from the 4-8 June 2021.To date only one Irish boxer has achieved
qualification at this stage – Brendan Irvine in the Men’s Fly 48-52kg category. FAQ HERE.
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In Badminton there are two events that are being targeted – Nhat Nguyen in the Men’s Singles and
Sam and Chloe Magee in the Mixed Doubles.
The final badminton rankings in June 2021 will determine who will compete in Tokyo. Each of the
continental confederations will be guaranteed a maximum of at least one entry in each of the
doubles and singles (called Continental Representation Place scheme).
If this hasn’t been satisfied in the ranking, then the highest ranked player or pair in the region will
be selected. Japan, as the host nation, can enter a male and female in the singles, if they haven’t
already qualified through ranking. If an athlete has qualified in both the singles and doubles then a
spot frees up in the unused slot by the next best ranked. A further six places are available to NOCs
via the tripartite Commission invitation.
EVENT NUMBERS TO QUALIFY
Men’s Singles – 38 to qualify Ranking 1-16 Players are taken in turn, a NOC may enter up
to a max of 2 players, provided they are both in the top 16.
Ranking 17 and below Players are taken in turn. A NOC may
enter a max of 1 player.
NHAT NGUYEN is currently ranked 25th or 59th overall HERE
Mixed Doubles – 16 to qualify Rankings 1-8 Pairs are taken in turn. A NOC may enter up to
2 pairs, provided both are in the top 8.
Rankings 9 and below Pairs are taken in turn. A NOC can
enter a max of one pair.
SAM AND CHLOE MAGEE currently ranked 28th overall HERE
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Ireland has qualified one boat with Liam Jegou already selected for the C1 Slalom. The men’s C1
boat was qualified via Robert Hendrick at the World Championships in 2019 – however, it was won
in internal trials by Liam Jegou, who has been officially selected.
Hannah Craig is looking to qualify a women’s canoe slalom K1 boat and has one opportunity to
qualify the only remaining K1 spot at the European Championships. Hannah competed in London
2012 and qualified then via this route.
There is still an opportunity for an athlete to qualify in the K1 Men’s category, with one spot
available at the European Championships in Italy next May. Three K1 athletes will have an
opportunity to compete at the European Championships, and those athletes will be decided at a
selection race series held early next year. The top K1 Men athletes in contention for those three
spots at the European Championships are – Noel Hendrick, Eoin Teague, Alistair McCreery, Samuel
Curtis, Oisin Farrell and Louis Hannon.
Jenny Egan is Ireland’s top sprint kayaker, however, her discipline the K1 5000m is not an Olympic
event. The events that are in the Olympics are the K1 200 and K1 500.
Competing in the Canoe Sprint Men’s K1 are Barry Watkins and Ronan Foley who both compete in
the 100m. event.
There are three qualification opportunities for athletes: the World Championships (which have
passed), the World Cup 2 and the European Championships, with an additional place reserved for
the host country. The Tripartite Commission can award a further 2 spots and any unused spots can
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Qualification has ended for Road Cycling – with three spots being allocated to Ireland, with one
athlete also competing in the Time Trial.
The Road Cycling criteria is based on world nation ranking with UCI the year prior to the Games.
122 spots are allocated to men, 62 for women, with special provisions for highly ranked individuals
whose nations do not make the ranking. Japan get 2 guaranteed spots in both the men’s and
women’s road race as the host nation.
For the Time Trial the host nation must have qualified for the road race, and the top 30 men, and
top 15 women in the world rankings may enter a time triallist. The 2019 World Championships
offered an additional 10 places per gender, and each NOC can have a max of 2 time triallists.
Ireland qualified 3 athletes for the road race, with one of these also competing in the time trial. It
is likely that the decision will take into account this time triallist position in the team selection –
with Ryan Mullen being Ireland’s fastest against the clock. Michael O’Loughlin and Eddie Dunbar
may also be considered here. For the Road Race the course will suit climbers, rather than sprinters,
which will likely come into play for selection. Dan Martin, Nicolas Roche and Sam Bennett are
professional riders that will be considered along with a range of athletes on the Pro-Continental
and Continental teams.
Qualification has ended for Track Cycling – with four athlete spots being allocated to Ireland – a
men’s Madison team (of two) and a women’s Madison team (of two). Each of these teams will also
allow one athlete to compete in the Omnium, making it four events and four athletes.
Ireland qualified both the men’s and women’s teams via the UCI Track Cycling Rankings which
concluded at the World Championships last year.
The women’s team of Lydia Boylan and Lydia Gurley raced in the final race – the positions will also
be contested from a squad of athletes including Shannon McCurley and Emily Kay.
The men’s team of Mark Downey and Felix English raced in the final race – the positions will also be
contested from a squad of athletes including Fintan Ryan and Marc Potts.
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Oliver Dingley was the first Irish diver to compete at the Olympics in 68 years when he competed in
Rio. Ciara McGing, Clare Cryan and Tanya Watson are also seeking qualification, and should they
qualify will be Ireland’s first ever female divers in the Olympics. Highlighted in red are the events
that held qualification spots that have passed. Now the final qualification possibility is at the Final
World Cup the event and date still to be confirmed following the cancellation of the Japan event.
QUALIFICATION STANDARDS MET
WHO DISCIPLINE WHEN AND WHERE ADDITIONAL NOTES
Tanya Watson Women’s 10m
Tokyo at the FINA
DIVING WORLD CUP
Finished 16th in Prelims with a
score of 271.85 points. Top 18
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Tokyo 2020 will be very special for the Equestrian team, as it will be the first time that three teams
will have qualified for the Olympic Games; dressage, eventing and showjumping.
Each team will include a reserve athlete and horse.
The Irish women’s hockey team made history in November 2019 when they became the first Irish
women’s hockey team to qualify for the Olympics, beating Canada in Ireland.
There was heartbreak for the men’s team who narrowly missed out on the one available spot in the
qualifiers against Canada.
There will be a squad of 16 athletes competing, with two reserves travelling.
Their schedule is now set as follows:
Qualification for both the men’s and women’s competition is based on world ranking with the IGF.
The Olympic field is restricted to 60 players for each of the men’s and women’s game. The top 15
world ranked players will be eligible for the Olympics, with a limit of four players from a given
country. Beyond the top 15 players will be eligible based on the world rankings, but with a
maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players
among the top 15.
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Allocations for this will be late, and at this stage the rankings look as follows in THIS LINK:
– Rory McIlroy,
– Shane Lowry
– Leona Maguire
– Stephanie Meadow
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GYMNASTICS – ARTISTIC
Rhys McClenaghan secured qualification in the pommel following his bronze medal performance at
the World Championships in 2019.
There are also male and female athletes in contention in the All Around event – with Adam Steele
heading up the male event and has an opportunity to qualify at the European Championships in
Megan Ryan is currently first reserve, following her performance at the World Championships in
2019. Emma Slevin is second reserve, finishing just behind her at the World Championships. Should
a nation who has already qualified a spot ahead of Ireland withdraw, this position will be offered to
Judo has three athletes on the qualification journey – Ben Fletcher (Men’s -100kg), Megan Fletcher
(Women’s 70kg Middleweight) and Nathon Burns (Men’s 66kg Half-Lightweight). All three are based
in the UK, with Ben having competed in Rio for Team GB.
Host nation Japan can have one spot in all events. Qualification is earned through the International
Judo Federation Ranking system as of May 2021. An additional 100 athletes will be qualified then
based on continental representation across weight categories and gender, and athletes with the
highest ranking points across the disciplines. Only one NOC spot in each category, and the top 18 in
ranking will qualify for each.
Both Ben and Megan Fletcher are sitting inside qualification currently (they are brother and sister).
The rankings can be found HERE and the current status is as follows:
Ben Fletcher – ranked 17
th in the 100kg category
Megan Fletcher – ranked 16
th in the 70kg category
Nathon Burns – ranked 45th in the 66kg category.
At the European Championships 2019 Natalya Coyle was successful in qualifying a spot for Ireland in
the Open Women category. Thirty six spots are available in each of the men’s and women’s events
and up to two athletes from a NOC in each event.
The remainder of the places can now be achieved through World Ranking, where six spots are
The current status is below:
Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe: RANKING HERE – CURRENTLY 27
Sive Brassil: RANKING HERE – CURRENTLY 32
Natalya Coyle: RANKING HERE – CURRENTLY 27
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Rowing has qualified a record number of boats for the Olympics, with four boats heading to Tokyo,
and still a good chance to get one or two more in the final qualification regatta before the Games.
The boats are:
Women’s Single Scull – Sanita Puspure finished first in the World Championships 2019
Men’s Lightweight Double Scull – Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy finished first in the World
Men’s Double Scull – Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne finished second in the World Championships 2019
Women’s Pair – Aileen Crowley and Monika Dukarska finished seventh in the World Championships
They are still targeting two boats in the European qualifying regatta next year:
Women’s Four (W4-) there are four spots available.
Women’s Lightweight Double (LW2X) there are two spots available
MEN’S RUGBY 7S
The men’s team have one more chance to qualify, at the final Olympic Tournament next year,
where there is one spot available. The Repechage competition is likely to take place in Monaco
2020 from 19-20 June (to be confirmed officially).
If they qualify it will be the first time Ireland will have competed at the Olympics in Rugby.
Ireland has qualified two boats for Tokyo.
1. The Women’s Laser Radial, which was achieved via Aisling Keller at the World
Championships in 2019 – this position is set to be filled by Annalise Murphy, who has been
nominated by the National Federation. Selection will be made once the process has been
2. The 49er which was qualified by Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove.
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SHOOTING – SHOTGUN
Ireland’s focus will be on the Men’s and Women’s Trap for Tokyo. There is still one remaining
opportunity for Ireland to qualify – at the European Championships. Qualification for Tokyo is based
on results in selected competitions, the process began in 2018. Host nation Japan is guaranteed one
spot in each event.
Four quota places (two top teams per NOC) will be awarded to shooters competing in each of the
mixed team events (rifle, pistol and trap), while the highest-ranked shooter, who has not qualified
yet or whose NOC does not have a berth in any of the twelve individual events, will obtain a direct
Olympic quota place through the World Rankings. The remaining twenty-four quota places are
available to the eligible NOCs under the tripartite Commission invitation, with two in each event,
including the trap. The NOC may assign a different shooter in each event, provided they achieve a
There are still two spots available via the European Championships, one in the Olympic ranking, and
two in the Tripartite invitation.
In the past Ireland has received invitations via a wildcard.
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In January 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 related upheaval to the sporting calendar, the Swim
Ireland selection criteria for the Olympic Games has been updated to allow for the adjusted event.
This means that swimmers who achieved a FINA A Standard between 2019 and 2020 can be
considered for Olympic nomination and selection. The remainder of the athletes must gain an A
Standard at the Irish Open Championships in April (20th
Shane Ryan and Darragh Greene have both achieved the A Standard and have been nominated.
Mona McSharry and Daniel Wiffen have also achieved FINA A Standards.
Ireland also have two relay teams sitting in the Top 16 in the World. Ireland’s Men’s 400m Medley
Relay is currently ranked 14th and the Men’s 800m Freestyle Relay is ranked 16th. Relays remaining
in the top 16 in the world at the end of May 2021 will secure places at the Games.
View Swim Ireland updated policy HERE.
FINA OLYMPIC A TIMES:
Darragh Greene (100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke),
Shane Ryan (100m Backstroke),
Daniel Wiffen (800m Freestyle),
Mona McSharry (100m Breaststroke)
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Jack Woolley secured qualification for the Tokyo Olympics based on his final Olympic rankings in
January 2020. There are still three spots available in other weight classes in the European
Qualification Tournament scheduled for January 2021.
There are 8 taekwondo divisions at the Olympics, 4 male and 4 female. 16 will compete in each
Jack is the first Irish person to qualify to compete in Taekwondo at the Olympics, and he will be
competing in the Men’s -58kg category.
He has been officially selected.
The qualification period will run up until May 2021 (TBC) and 55 athletes will compete in the men’s
and in the women’s events. A max of 3 athletes can compete for each nation, and as host nation,
Japan gets two spots in each event.
World Triathlon have announced that the window will open again for six weeks from May – June
Two spots per gender will be awarded based on the Tripartite Commission Invitation.
The current status of the athletes are as