Aisling Keller and Aoife Hopkins keep Ireland’s Tokyo hopes afloat
Sailors face another tough day on Miho Bay, Japan in Laser Radial World Championship
Ewan McMahon in action in the 2019 Laser Standard Men’s World Championship in Miho Bay, Japan earlier this month. Photograph: Junichi Hirai/Bulkhead magazine
The two Irish sailors aiming to qualify Ireland for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics face their penultimate day on the tricky Miho Bay, Sakaiminato, Japan, on Tuesday as the Laser Radial World Championship reaches the final series conclusion.
Ten nation places will be awarded for the women’s single-handed dinghy event at Tokyo, based on the results from the world championship. On present standings, Ireland is the seventh country.
However, the four remaining races will be as tough as the first two, and neither sailor can afford bad races without seeing Ireland’s hopes eroded. Four countries in the top 55 boats in the Gold fleet will be disappointed by Wednesday’s conclusion.