Team Ireland get underway in Tokyo; Under-20 glory for Offaly and Cork

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The Offaly Under-20 team celebrate winning the Leinster championship. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The Offaly Under-20 team celebrate winning the Leinster championship. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Sanita Puspure got Team Ireland’s Olympics off to the perfect start, dominating her heat to book a place in the quarter-finals of the women’s single sculls rowing. Click here for our daily Team Ireland round-up to keep you up to date with the latest action from the early hours. Writing from Tokyo, Ian O’Riordan looks at Ireland’s best medal prospects: “what already sets Team Ireland apart in Tokyo is their medal talk being so bountiful. Some more than others, naturally, the good thing is it could prove positively infectious.”

Offaly finally returned to the winner’s enclosure with a sensational victory over Dublin in the Leinster Under-20 football final. It was Offaly’s first triumph in this grade since 1995 after a deserved 0-15 to 3-3 win. Cork were impressive 3-20 to 3-10 winners over Tipperary in the Munster decider. David Buckley was the star of the show with 10 points. In his column this morning (Subscriber Only), Jackie Tyrrell explains why Galway need Daithí Burke on the edge of that square: “Good full backs are like hens’ teeth. Great full backs – and make no mistake, Daithí Burke is a truly great full back – are a once-in-a-generation thing. They are a precious commodity.”

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