Tokyo Games Day 10: Irish in action and best of the rest

Phil Healy takes on defending champion Elaine Thompson-Herah in 200m heats

Phil Healy returns to the track in the 200m heats on Monday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Phil Healy returns to the track in the 200m heats on Monday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

 

It’s a new week for Team Ireland and the concluding week of the Tokyo Olympics, as some Irish athletes finally get their Games underway.

Ciara Mageean is the first up on Monday, as she lines out in the opening heat in the women’s 1,500m at 1.35am.

Mageean is followed by Sarah Healy - the 20-year-old lines up in the third 1,500m heat at 1.59am, the duo bidding for a place in Wednesday’s final.

Later on the track it’s the turn of Phil Healy in the 200m heats at 3.10am. She lines up in the sixth heat alongside Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah.

Thompson-Herah is the defending Olympic champion and heads into the race on the back of securing gold in the 100m on Saturday - a daunting but exciting opponent for 26-year-old Healy.

If Healy makes it out of her heat she will compete in one of Monday’s three semi-finals, which begin at 11.25am.

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Away from the track, and Oliver Dingley gets his Games underway on Monday in the first round of the 3m springboard diving - he is one of 29 taking part in the preliminaries at 2am.

Elsewhere, Sam Watson, Sarah Ennis and Austin O’Connor head into the final stage of eventing - show jumping. Ireland currently sit in eighth position overall with a score on 161.0, with the medals to be handed out at close of play.

Phil Healy lines up alongside 100m gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah on Monday. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA
Phil Healy lines up alongside 100m gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah on Monday. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

What else is on?

Monday is the first day of action in Tokyo’s Iza Velodrome, with a week of track cycling getting underway with qualifying for the team pursuits and the women’s team sprint competition (7.30am-10.30am).

The women’s 5,000m is the big track event while there are the women’s football semi-finals, with the USA taking on Canada (9am) and Australia facing Sweden (12pm).

Medal events

22 - Artistic gymnastics (men’s rings, women’s floor, men’s vault), athletics (men’s long jump, women’s 100m hurdles, women’s discus, men’s 3,000m steeplechase, women’s 5,000m), badminton (women’s doubles, men’s singles), cycling (women’s team sprint), equestrian (eventing team, eventing individual), sailing (49er FX women, 49er men), shooting (men’s 25m rapid fire pistol, men’s 50m rifle 3 positions), weightlifting (women’s 87kg, women’s +87kg), wrestling (women’s freestyle 76kg, men’s Greco-Roman 60kg, men’s Greco-Roman 130kg).

Full Irish schedule for Monday, August 2nd

1.35am Ciara Mageean - Women’s 1,500m Athletics Round 1

1.35am Sarah Healy - Women’s 1,500m Athletics Round 1

2.30am Phil Healy - Women’s 200m Athletics Round 1

7am Oliver Dingley - Men’s 3m Springboard Diving Preliminary

9am Sam Watson, Sarah Ennis and Cathal Daniels - Eventing Showjumping Team and Individual Equestrian

11.25am Phil Healy - Women’s 200m Athletics Semi-Final*

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