Tokyo 2020 Day 16: Irish in action and best of the rest

All eyes are on Kellie Harrington as the Olympic Games draw to a conclusion

Kellie Harrington could ensure a golden end to the Tokyo Olympics for Ireland. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics draw to an end on Sunday, and it could be a golden conclusion to the Games for Ireland.

There are five members of Team Ireland still standing, with three of them competing in the men’s marathon which gets underway on Saturday night at 11pm.

Stephen Scullion, Paul Pollock and Kevin Seaward are the Irish athletes lining up in what are likely to be testing conditions in Japan.

Later Emily Kay is in the field for the women’s omnium cycling final at 2am, before attention turns to the event of the day - and arguably the event of the Games.


At 6am Dublin’s Kellie Harrington takes to the ring for her gold medal lightweight bout against Brazil’s Beatriz Ferreira.

Harrington is guaranteed at least a silver medal after her semi-final victory over Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee, and she is bidding to emulate Katie Taylor and go one better on Sunday morning.

What else is on?

World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will bid to defend his Olympic title in the marathon, and there are a number of boxing finals taking place. The closing ceremony starts at 12pm, with Natalya Coyle flying the flag for Ireland.

Medal events

13 - Athletics (men's marathon), basketball (women), boxing (women's light, men's light, women's middle, men's super-heavy), cycling (men's keirin, women's sprint, women's omnium), handball (women), rhythmic gymnastics (group), volleyball (women), water polo (men).

Full Irish schedule for Sunday, August 8th

Stephen Scullion - Men’s Marathon (11pm - Saturday night start)

Paul Pollock - Men’s Marathon (11pm - Saturday night start)

Kevin Seaward - Men’s Marathon (11pm - Saturday night start)

Emily Kay - Women’s Omnium Cycling Final (2am)

Kellie Harrington - Women’s Lightweight Boxing Final (6am)