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Irish In Action On Day 11 - Two Great Medal Chances For Ireland

Irish In Action On Day 11 - Two Great Medal Chances For Ireland

Irish interest tomorrow will be directed towards the sailing events where we have a great chance of a medal and the blasted boxing ring where we also have a great chance of a medal even if the events of the past week would make a grim pessimist of any Irish boxing fan.

POLE VAULT

 Tori Pena - 1.45pm

Born in California, Pena qualifies for Ireland through her Derry grandmother. She declared for Ireland in 2010, competing at the 2012 Olympics. She grew up in a household heavily in tune with Irish culture, and is a former Irish dancer.

SHOW JUMPING

Greg Broderick - 2.00pm

The Thurles jumper was fortunate to make it this far. His ropey enough performance secured him a tie for 53rd place. 54th place is going home. He'll need to be lot better tomorrow to reach Wednesay's qualifying round.

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BOXING

Mick Conlan - 3.30pm

Ireland's last chance in boxing. The IABA's last hope of avoiding a Genesis report style inquest when they come on. Even if Conlan takes gold it may be too late to avert that now. Kenny Egan bullishly informed us at the beginning of the year that Conlan would win gold in Rio. He was always pegged as our best hope among the male boxers, possibly our best hope of either gender.

A win over Nikitin will guarantee a medal although Conlan has been gunning for gold for awhile. There'll be relief if he can at least get over this.

SAILING

Annalise Murphy - 5.00pm

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Should have gone today but the race was postponed, initially because there was no wind and then later on because it became too windy. She is third place at the moment. Read about what she needs to happen here. Interestingly, if the weather upsets everyone's plans and forces another postponement tomorrow the race will be declared over. Murphy will have taken bronze and have won Ireland's second medal of the Olympics. However, she is so close to the silver medal and a gold is far from inconceivable.

Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern - 5.05pm

The Irish duo are in seventh place and looking good for a final place. They need to finish in the top 10 to secure their place in the final race. They need to pull something out tomorrow to leave themselves with a realistic shot at a medal.

Saskia Tidey & Andrea Brewster - 5.05pm

They're in 12th at the moment. Have performed creditably so far but are in a battle to make the final. They've three races tomorrow and need decent finishes in all of them.

ATHLETICS

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Tom Barr - 1.49am (Wednesday morning)

Superb performance to finish second in his heat in the 400m hurdles. He is the first man Irish gold medalist Bob Tisdall to get in this far in a sprinting hurdle

DIVING

Oliver Dingley - 2.00am (Wednesday morning)

Qualified for the Olympic semi-final with a 13th spot. An Irish first. The BBC have thus far wasted no opportunity to tell us about his former life as a diver for Team GB. Has the capability to make the final.

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Conor Neville
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Perennial finalist in stand-up comedy competitions and former Contract Lawyer/ Coal Salesman with Corless, Corless and Sweeney

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