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Irish In Action On Day Ten: Katie Taylor Begins Her Olympic Journey

Irish In Action On Day Ten: Katie Taylor Begins Her Olympic Journey
By John Balfe
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Here's the Irish in action on day ten at the 2016 Olympic Games. We've a couple of great shots at adding to our medal haul, so if it's not too late: phone in sick.

We knew going into Rio that so much of Ireland's medal hopes would fall squarely on the shoulders of Katie Taylor and today Ireland's Olympic hero will step into the ring for the first time, where she takes on Finnish challenger Mira Potkonen in the quarter-final of the women's light 60kg category.

Sara Louise Treacy will compete in the final of the women's 3000-metre steeplechase this afternoon too, while the sailing teams of Matt McGovern and Ryan Seaton and Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey will also be in action on the water in the 49er category.

The focus will be on Annalise Murphy, however, who has a brilliant chance of nabbing an Olympic medal.

The team of McGovern and Treacy will look to continue their impressive form today

Irish In Action - Day Ten (All times listed are Irish times)

Dressage: Judy Reynolds - 2pm 


Reynolds and her horse Vancouver K have achieved the intended goal of qualifying for the dressage final, doing so by ranking 17th in the semi-final. (It was a close-run thing: the top 18 qualified).

Boxing: Women's Light 60kg - Katie Taylor -- 3pm

Ireland's biggest chance for gold in this Olympics, Katie Taylor will take some stopping en route to the final. The Bray native will take on Finland's Mira Potkonen in today's quarter-final and we don't expect anything less than a dominant win.


Athletics: Women's 3000m Steeplechase Final - Sara Louise Treacy -- 3.15pm

Treacy's appearance in today's final is a big achievement in itself. Her form was been excellent since the turn of the year and a competitive turn in this afternoon's final isn't entirely out of the question.


Athletics: Thomas Barr - 3.55pm 


Barr runs in the 400-metre hurdles this afternoon. He has been blighted by injuries this year, so a semi-final appearance will be a fine performance by the Waterford native.

Sailing: Laser Radial Class - Annalise Murphy - 5.05pm 

The big one. Annalise takes to the water just after 5pm with a great chance of adding to Ireland's medal haul and atoning for the heartbreak of London 2012.


For more details on exactly what she has to do to nab a medal, we've done a full breakdown here. 

Sailing: Men's and Women's 49er (skiff) - 5.05pm/6.05pm/7.05pm

The teams of Matt McGovern and Ryan Seaton as well as Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey are the Irish hopes on the water today. The men's team have been in great form this year and placed in the top ten in the last two World Championships and will be confident of replicating that form on the this evening's highest of stages.


Brewster and Tidey are a new team but will have been working incredibly hard to form themselves into a cohesive unit in Rio. Placing in the top half is a realistic goal and would be considered a great success.

Diving - Oliver Dingley - 7.15pm 

Dingley is Ireland's first Olympic diver since Eddie Heron leaped into water that was presumably not green in the 1948 Games in London. The water may still be green in Rio later today, but Dingley will fancy his chances of making the final.


Badminton: Scott Evans - 9.30pm 

We're hoping to see more t-shirt ripping heroics from Evans this evening in the last-16 of the badminton competition. Scott became the first Irishman to win an Olympic badminton game in the first round, and followed it up with a two sets to one victory over Brazilian opponent Ygor Coelho de Oliveira.

The exuberant celebration and the gall to beat a hometown favourite earned Evans a chorus of boos, but he really didn't mind. He faces the wonderfully named Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the last-16 tonight.

Please note: Times listed above may vary

See More: Predicting How Every Irish Olympian Will Fare At Rio 2016

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