17 Jul 2021
The final preparations are in place and the last athletes are making their journey to Tokyo this weekend in advance of the Tokyo Olympics.
The Irish team heading to the Tokyo Olympics is the biggest ever, with the Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) confirming a final, 116-athlete list.
The 116-strong team is by some distance the biggest team ever to represent Ireland. The previous high was in 1948, when 81 athletes represented Ireland in London 1948.
Originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the event was postponed in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be held largely behind closed doors with no spectators permitted under the state of emergency. Despite being rescheduled for 2021, the event retains the Tokyo 2020 name.
UCD is thrilled to have an incredible 21 athletes who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. This includes four current students; ladies hockey’s Hannah McLoughlin, Michelle Carey and Sarah McAuley and 1500m runner Sarah Healy.
Meet UCD’s Olympians 2021
As part of the coaching staff, UCD alumni and current Ladies hockey 1st team coach Lisa Jacob will travel to Tokyo as the Irish Hockey team manager. James Nolan another UCD graduate who is the current UCD athletics performance coach and also two time Olympian will travel to Tokyo as the Head of Paralympics Athletics.
Paralympics Ireland have secured four slots for swimming thus far for this summer’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo. UCD Alumni Patrick Flanagan along with four other athletes have achieved Tokyo Minimum Qualification Standards (MQS' - the Para equivalent to the FINA 'A' standard). With the Paralympics not starting until the 24th of August however, the team has not yet been announced.
We have a lot of action on Day One of Competition as UCD’s Darragh Greene is in action in the 100m Breaststroke. The Irish Ladies Hockey team take on South Africa in their first match of the tournament and all the rowers; Eimear Lambe, Aileen Crowley and Paul O’Donovan all in action.
The Opening Ceremony takes place next Friday the 23rd of July in the Olympics Stadium and the games run until the 8th of August.
The full Olympics schedule and results can be found HERE
Here are the UCD Olympians heats and first round schedules:
|Hannah McLoughlin||Ladies Hockey||
24/07/21 Ireland vs South Africa 1.15pm
|Michelle Carey||Ladies Hockey (Reserve)||
26/07/21 Ireland vs Netherlands 2.00am
|Katie Mullan||Ladies Hockey||
28/07/21 Ireland vs Germany 4.15am
|Chloe Watkins||Ladies Hockey||
30/07/21 Ireland vs India 3.45pm
|Deirdre Duke||Ladies Hockey||
31/07/21 Ireland vs GB 12.45pm
|Anna O'Flanagan||Ladies Hockey||
2/08/21 Quarter Finals
|Lena Tice||Ladies Hockey|
|Sarah McAuley||Ladies Hockey|
|Mark English||Athletics (800m)||
31/07/21 800m First Round
|Ciara Mageean||Athletics (1500m)||
02/08/21 1500m round 1
|Sarah Lavin||Athletics - 100m hurdles||
31/07/21 100m Hurdles qualifying round
|Sarah Healy||Athletics (1500m)||
02/08/21 1500m round 1
29/07/21 Men's Individual Stroke Play Round 1
|Billy Dardis||Men's Rugby Sevens||
26/07/21 Irealand vs South Africa 3am
|Harry McNulty||Men's Rugby Sevens||
26/07/21 Irealand vs USA 10.30pm
|Gavin Mullin||Men's Rugby Sevens||
27/07/21 Irealand vs Kenya 3am
|Adam Leavy||Men's Rugby Sevens|
|Foster Horan||Men's Rugby Sevens|
|Darragh Greene||Swimming (100m breast stroke)||
24/07/21 Men's 100m Breaststroke - Heats
|Eimear Lambe||Rowing (Women's 4)||
24/07/21 Women's Four Heats 4.00am
|Aileen Crowley||Rowing (Women's Pair)||
24/07/21 Women's Pair Heats 2.10am
|Paul O'Donovan||Rowing (Men's Lightweight Double)||
24/07/21 Lightweight Men's Double Sculls Heats 3.30am