Irish in Olympic action today


Olympics:Ireland's Fionnuala Britton failed to qualify for the final of the Women's 5000 metres, despite running a personal best time of 15.12.97, in finishing 10th in Heat 1 of two. The top five finishers in each of the semi-finals qualified along with the five fastest losers. Britton can be proud of her efforts despite her failure to progress.  

The Irish stars in action today

11.50am: Men’s 200m

Paul Hession failed to advance to the next round of the 200 metres after finishing fifth in his heat, won by Jamaican Yohan Blake.

Noon: Sailing

Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan, finished their Olympics in style in the mens 470 class. They were 16th in the penultimate race and in their final outing at Weymouth, a very creditable fifth. It elevated the Dublin sailors from last of the 27 boats to a finishing position of 23rd overall.

11.30am: Triathlon

Limerick-based Fermanagh athlete Gavin Noble produced a superb performance to finish 23rd in a 56-strong field in the Men's Triathlon. The 31-year-old from Enniskillen might not have had the smoothest of preparations with injuries taking their toll but he produced a cracking race and was prominent at the head of affairs in both the swim and cycle before fading a little in the 10k run.

7.15pm: Women’s 100m hurdles

Derval O’Rourke’s uncanny ability to bring her ‘A’ game to major championships saw her advance from the heats with her fastest time of the year, but a place in the final might be too much to ask for from in tonight’s semis.

9pm: Boxing

Michael Conlan can become the third Irish boxer guaranteed a medal when he takes on French flyweight Nordine Ouballi in the ExCel Arena tonight.

Conlan has beaten the Frenchman twice in recent times, once earlier this year in France and last year in the World Championships, and will be favourite to join John Joe Nevin and Katie Taylor in securing at least a bronze.

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