Irish In Action On Day Eight: Annalise Murphy Continues Her Quest For Gold

Irish In Action On Day Eight: Annalise Murphy Continues Her Quest For Gold

So, after an absolutely phenomenal Friday, we all catch our breath, boil the kettle and take stock. The O'Donovan brothers have enraptured a nation, and the hockey team, Chloe Magee, Sinead Lynch and Claire Lambe have done us proud, but their time at these Olympics is, in competing terms at least, over. The beauty of it is that we wake up on Day Eight of the Rio Olympics with a new wave of heroes to welcome into our lives. Let's take a look at just who will be stepping out in green on Saturday.

First up, it's the golf. It has been great to see golfer Padraig Harrington at an Olympic Games, though he will need a sparkling third round-starting at 1:36pm-if he wants to move into contention. His team-mate Seamus Power is six shots off the lead ahead of his tee-off at 2:25pm.

On the track, it's a busy day for Team Ireland. Kerry O'Flaherty, Michelle Finn and Sara Treacy get their respective heats underway in the Women's 3000m Steeplechase; O'Flaherty sets off at 2:05pm, Finn is due at 2:21pm and then Treacy follows her team-mates at 2:37pm. Then, later on, Letterkenny man Mark English will be hoping to carry on where he left off on Friday night in the men's 800 metres. That is at 2:26am, and English needs to finish in the top two in his heat, or clock a fast time and hope he makes it through as one of the two fastest losers, if he wants to be in the final on Monday night.

If you're looking to kill a bit of time before English heads off, you can catch Scott Evans at 11:55pm. After an incredible win yesterday, when he became the first Irish male to win a badminton match in the Olympics, Evans faces Brazilian Ygor Coelho de Oliveira in his Group K clash. It's sure to be a serious atmosphere, and let's hope there's more of this if Evans wins.

While the athletes are readying their spikes, Shannon McCurley will be making history as the Irish female track cyclist to compete in an Olympic Games. Australia-born McCurley sets off in the Keirin heats at 2pm.

Elsewhere, boxer Brendan Irvine makes his Olympic bow today. The Belfast man ends his long wait to step into the ring in his first round bout with Shakhobidin Zoiroiv of Uzbekistan in the men's 52kg division at 3:15pm. Then, an hour later, the magnificently positive Steven Donnelly follows his fellow Ulsterman into the ring, fighting Morocco's Mohammed Rabbi for a place in the semi-final. Donnelly gets underway at 4:15pm.


Last, but most certainly not least, Ireland's sailors depart the dock with a hectic schedule of racing. At 5:05pm, it's Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern in race 4 through 6 of the men's 49er (skiff). Around the same time, Saskia Tidey and Andrea Brewster are up in the women's 49er FX (skiff)-it's race 4-6 for them as well. Finn Lynch is also due to depart at the same time as his team-mates in race 9 and 10 of the men's Laser. And, at 5:15pm, Annalise Murphy competes in the Women's Laser Radial, in which she will be hoping to place herself well ahead of Monday's medal race.

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