Team Ireland in Tokyo: Athletics and diving action fails to see qualifiers

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Team Ireland In Tokyo: Athletics And Diving Action Fails To See Qualifiers
Diving got under way at 7am with Oliver Dingley representing Ireland in the men's three-metre springboard preliminary. Photo: INPHO.
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The tenth day of the Olympic Games has drawn to a close for Team Ireland in Tokyo.

Athletics was the first in action overnight, with Irish athletes Ciara Mageean, Sarah Healy and Phil Healy all expressing disappointment at the outcomes of their heats.

Monday morning later brought more action featuring diving and equestrian event jumping.

Athletics

In action in the first round of the women’s 1,500 metres heats, Mageean and Sarah Healy finished 10th and 11th respectively, but fell outside qualification positions.

Mageean was just three spots away from qualifying with a time of 4:07.29, sitting 27th overall, while Healy’s time of 4:09.78 saw her 34th overall in her Olympic debut.

“I’m feeling disappointed to say the least,” Mageean said afterwards.

“Anybody who’s seen me racing over the last number of years knows that I’m a tough competitor, I know I am, and whenever I put my Irish vest on I raise my game, and that was sub-par for me today.”

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One of the youngest members of Team Ireland, Healy said: “Everybody says that they’ll be back next time, but I’m here now, and I felt like I could make a semi-final if I ran to my potential. Obviously I want to be back for Paris but it’s not going to take away from the disappointment I have today.”

Meanwhile, Phil Healy was in action in the heats of the women’s 200 metre, where she produced a season’s best performance of 23.21 to finish 5th.

Unfortunately, she finished just three places outside of a time qualifier position, and returns to the track tomorrow for round one of the 400 metre.

“It is disappointing initially but I went out there and gave it my all, and it is a seasons best. I knew I was coming in in PB shape, but obviously there is going to be that fatigue factor with the two relay rounds before this,” Healy said.

Diving

Team Ireland diver Oliver Dingley has failed to progress to the semi-finals following the men's three-metre springboard preliminary.

Diving got under way at 7am, with Dingley finishing 25th with a score of 335.0 after several rounds.

Just the top 18 scorers will progress to the semi-finals.

Equestrian event jumping

Austin O'Connor and Colorado Blue have placed 13th overall in the equestrian individual final, finishing on a total of 46.00 after picking up four faults.

O’Connor was representing Team Ireland alongside Sarah Ennis and Sam Watson as the equestrian eventing jumping team final kicked off at 9am this morning.

Other individual results saw Watson place 30th with a score of 55.30, while Ennis placed 36th with a score of 79.70 — with the team placing eighth overall with a score of 177.00.

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