Saturday 10 December 2016

Annalise and Sara fly high as our boxers knocked out

Appeal sees Treacy qualify for final of 3,000m, while Murphy excels

Published 14/08/2016 | 02:30

Annalise Murphy has qualified for the medals race tomorrow by finishing 7th in her final leg last night. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Annalise Murphy has qualified for the medals race tomorrow by finishing 7th in her final leg last night. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Sailor Annalise Murphy is closing in on her first Olympic medal, four years after agonisingly losing out in London.

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She is guaranteed a bronze medal at least if she manages to finish within four places of the Belgian boat in tomorrow's medal race.

DRAMATIC: Ireland’s Sara Treacy in the 3,000m steeplechase with a badly bruised leg after she was accidentally tripped up. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
DRAMATIC: Ireland’s Sara Treacy in the 3,000m steeplechase with a badly bruised leg after she was accidentally tripped up. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Sixth and seventh-place finishes yesterday also leave her within shouting distance of gold and silver.

Finishing ahead of Denmark will help her to secure a silver medal and coming in five places ahead of the Dutch boat will help secure a gold.

It comes four years after she slipped out of the medal positions in London after dominating the early stages of the competition only to finish fourth.

Read more: Here is what Annalise Murphy has to do to win a medal on Monday after another great day of sailing

ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES: Ireland’s Steven Donnelly (above) lost his bout against Mohammed Rabii of Morocco during their welterweight preliminary round. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES: Ireland’s Steven Donnelly (above) lost his bout against Mohammed Rabii of Morocco during their welterweight preliminary round. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Sara Treacy qualified for the 3,000m steeplechase final after launching a successful appeal yesterday following a fall in her heat.

The 27-year-old was still in contention heading into the final stages of her heat yesterday before a Jamaican runner suffered a fall leading to a tangle of legs with a number of athletes.

The fall meant she brought Treacy and the Ethiopian Etenesh Diro to the ground with her.

All three athletes managed to recover enough to get to their feet and finish the race. None were able to finish strongly enough to qualify for the final but the Meath woman's appeal was accepted by the officials and all three athletes were eventually added to the field for tomorrow's final.

Her time of 9:46.24 was just seven seconds off her personal best and she will be buoyed by her performance despite the fall.

However, Ireland's boxing camp continues to struggle at the games. Flyweight Brendan Irvine was outclassed after a dominant display by Uzbekistan's Shakhobidin Zoirov in his first bout of the games.

Steven Donnelly missed out on a medal after his quarter final was decided by a split decision against the current world champion yesterday.

His loss to Morocco's welterweight Mohammed Rabii added to the turmoil in the Irish boxing camp, which has already been hit by Michael O'Reilly's alleged doping violation and a series of poor performances. However, Donnelly said he was proud of his performances in Rio.

Sunday Independent

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