Sport by Sport: How Ireland fared at Rio 2016

Team Ireland return with two silvers

BY Raf Diallo 23:30 Sunday 21 August 2016, 23:30 21 Aug 2016

Ireland's Annalise Murphy celebrates winning her silver medal ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Rio 2016 is coming to an end and at its conclusion, Ireland are coming home with two silver medals.

It should have been three medals, with bantamweight boxing favourite Michael Conlan controversially judged to have lost a fight against Russia's Vladimir Nikitin in the quarter-finals.

Two silvers it is so! But there were also some close calls that almost saw the medal count go higher.


Thomas Barr became the first Irish sprinter to qualify for an Olympic final since 1932 as he did in the 400 metre hurdles.

The Waterford man set two national records in the space of three days but the latter time almost got him a bronze medal.

Indeed, he was only 0.05 seconds away from doing so.

Rob Heffernan, who retrospectively won bronze in the Men's 50K Walk at London 2012 finished sixth this year in searing heat, ahead of Brendan Boyce (19th) and Alex Wright (DNF). Wright was 46th in the 20K Walk.

Ciara Mageean shone in the Women's 1,500 metres to reach the semi-finals, although she ultimately didn't make the final round.

Donegal's Mark English also reached a semi-final in the Men's 800 metres, while Ciara Everard didn't make it out of her qualifying heat.

In the Women's Marathon, Fionnuala McCormack was 20th, with Lizzie Lee (57th) and Leitrim's Breege Connolly (76th) also going the distance.

In the Men's Marathon, Paul Pollock was highest placed for Ireland in 32nd, while Kevin Seaward and Mick Clohessy were 64th and 103rd respectively.

Michelle Finn and Kerry O'Flaherty didn't make the 3000 metre steeplechase final but Sara Louise Treacy did on appeal, finishing 17th overall.

In the field events, Tori Pena didn't reach the pole vault final.


Our strongest suit at London 2012 where Katie Taylor won gold, John Joe Nevin was a silver winner and Paddy Barnes and Conlan took home bronzes, Rio 2016 was a different story with zero medals in the ring.

Conlan and Taylor both exited in the quarter-finals.

The remainder of Team Ireland were eliminated at the Round of 16 or before that stage in their respective weight divisions.

Michael O'Reilly was also banned from the competition before it started after testing positive for a banned substance.

The judging decision which saw Conlan eliminated caused plenty of reverberations although the result against Nikitin was not reversed. 


Scott Evans reached the last-16 in the Men's competition with two wins from three before being knocked out by Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.

Evans' bare-chested celebrations in victory and defeat also gained attention. 

Chloe Magee didn't reach the knockout rounds after two losses in the group stage. 


Irish duo Dan Martin and Nicholas Roche were 13th and 29th respectively in the Men's Road Race.


A strong showing from the first Irish diver at an Olympics for 68 years saw Oliver Dingley reach the final in the 3 metre springboard where he managed a Top 10 finish


Judy Reynolds was the highlight for Team Ireland in the Individual Dressage as she reached her final, finishing 18th on Vancouver K.

Clare Abbott, Jonty Evans, Mark Kyle were ranked 8th after the Team Eventing, with Evans 9th individually.

Greg Broderick didn't reach the Individual Jumping final.

Field Hockey

With one win from five, Ireland missed out on a place in the knockout rounds of the Men's competition, losing to eventual champions Argentina in the crucial final group match.


In the women's tournament, Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow were tied 21st and 31st respectively.

Before that, Padraig Harrington and Seamus Power were tied 21st and 15th as golf made its Olympic return after over a century of an absence from the Games.


Kieran Behan and Eilis O'Reilly didn't reach their respective finals.

Behan suffered a dislocated knee during his routine but battled through the pain.

Modern Pentathlon

Natalya Coyle managed a Top 10 finish in the Women's competition with a very strong 7th, while Arthur Lanigan O'Keeffe was 8th overall in the Men's event.


Ireland provided finalists in both the men's and women's double sculls.

Sinéad Lynch and Claire Lambe were 6th in their final.

But it was Skibereen's O'Donovan brothers, Gary and Paul, who captured the imagination of the nation, not only with their silver medal but also with their entertaining interviews.

Unfortunately, Sanita Puspure just missed out on a semi-final place in the women's single sculls, having finished the quarter-finals in fourth position.


Ireland's other silver medal was thanks to Annalise Murphy in the Women's Laser Radial as a strong showing in the 10 races set her up perfectly to complete the job in the final Medal Race.

After the heartache of fourth place in 2012, it was a nice way to end Rio.

Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey were 12th in the Women's 49er race, while Matt McGovern and Ryan Seaton reached their medal race, finishing in a rank of 10th overall.


Shane Ryan entered three events and reached the semi-finals in the 100 m backstroke, although he didn't make it to the final.

Nicholas Quinn and Fiona Doyle out of their heats, entering two disciplines each.


Aileen Morrison finished 21st in the Women's triathlon, while Cork's Bryan Keane made it into 40th in the Men's event. 


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