Tokyo Olympics

  • Mayo woman Shauna Mullaney won two silver medals in the Irish Open karate championships over the weekend in the 50-55kg division.

    Shauna is starting back the karate season after being out with a neck injury for eight weeks.

    The talented combat sportswoman is based in Dublin and now has her sights on European glory and qualification for the Tokyo Olympics.

  • The father of an Erris woman who won the Melbourne Women’s Marathon on Saturday says he and her family are very proud of her. Eddie Divers of Corclough West, Belmullet says they are all on cloud nine since the race, and are now looking forward to her taking part in the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

    41 year old Sinead Diver, is now resident in Australia, and she romped home first in the Melbourne Marathon on Saturday running 2:25:19, a course record.

    She knocked over six seconds off her personal best and took home a total winning jackpot in the region of $40,000 Australian dollars.

    Catherina McKiernan is the only Irish woman to have bettered Sinead's time in a marathon.

    Sinead's parents, Eddie and Bridie, and members of her family managed to watche her run on Saturday night in the family home via the internet.

    Eddie spoke to Midwest News today about the excitement and delight locally at Sinead’s success

  • It's looking increasingly more likely that this summer's Olympic Games will be postponed.

    Canada and Norway are already refusing to send athletes to Tokyo for the games which are due to start on July 24.

    Australian athletes have been told to prepare for the games to be held in the summer of 2021.

    While the Olympic Federation of Ireland is poised to call for the games to be postponed.

    The IOC have given themselves a four-week window on a decision, but are adamant the games themselves will not be cancelled outright.

     

  • For the first time in history the Irish Dressage team at Tokyo secured Olympic qualification after a stunning performance at the European Championships in Rotterdam today.

    The Irish team of finished on a final score of 213, to finish second and claiming one of three tickets that were on offer to Tokyo at the final Olympic qualifier for European teams. 

    Ireland were just outside the Olympic qualifying places when Kildare's Judy Reynolds entered the arena as last to go with her horse Vancouver K.

    Under huge pressure, Reynolds delivered a stunning performance to set a new Irish record of 76.351 which guaranteed Ireland a team place in Tokyo 2020.

     

  • Sinéad Diver set a women’s world masters (40+) record in the 10,000m at the World Athletics Championships in Doha in 14th place on Saturday.

     

    Sinead narrowly missed out on a place at the Tokyo Olympics by half a second.

     

    Despite not being included in Athletics Ireland statistics on their All Time list since she declared for Australia, Sinéad is clearly now the third fastest Irish woman ever over 10,000 metres after Sonia O’Sullivan and Catherina McKiernan.

  • The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021.

    Organisers of the 2020 Games, due to begin on the 24th of July, have agreed to the postponement of the event by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has confirmed that he has asked for the Games to be moved to next year, and the International Olympic Committee has agreed.