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25 Jul 12 13:57
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Anyone got a link to where I can have a read about our athletes (all sports) in the upcoming games

You know, profiles, medal chances, that sort of thing

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By:
db1974
When: 25 Jul 12 14:05
Athletes taken from Wikipedia so apologies if I've missed someone

Athletics - Men

200m - Paul Hession - 500/1
1500m - Ciaran O'Lionaird - 150/1
5000m - Alastair Cragg - 175/1
20k walk - Robert Heffernan - unquoted (only Lads have this priced up)
50k walk - Heffernan, Brendan Boyce, Colin Griffin - all unquoted (only Lads again)
Marathon - Mark Kenneally - unquoted (a few firms have this priced up)

Can't see any medals here, or even finals TBH
By:
thefly10
When: 25 Jul 12 14:06
I was looking for something like that this morning and the best I came across was on the RTE website.

Here is the link - http://www.rte.ie/sport/olympics/athlete-profiles/
By:
db1974
When: 25 Jul 12 14:12
Athletics - Women

100m hurdles - Derval O'Rourke - 200/1
400m - Joanne Cuddihy - unquoted (priced up everywhere)
3000m chase - Stephanie Reilly - 500/1, Fionnuala Britton - unquoted
5000m - Britton - unquoted (only Sky have this priced up, a little bit)
10000m - Britton - 175/1
20k walk - Olive Loughnan, Laura Reynolds - both unquoted
Marathon - Linda Byrne, Ava Hutchinson, Caitriona Jennings - all unquoted
4 x 400m relay - 275/1

No medals here either and probably no finals either
By:
db1974
When: 25 Jul 12 14:13
Cheers thefly

I'll have a look at that later
By:
db1974
When: 26 Jul 12 16:28
Field Events

Pole vault - Tori Pena - 400/1
High jump - Deirdre Ryan - unquoted


Badminton

Men - Scott Evans - 500/1
Women - Chloe Magee - 500/1


Canoeing

Mens K1 Slalom - Eoin Rheinisch - 25/1
Mens C1 200m - Andrzej Jezierski - 50/1
Womens K1 Slalom - Hannah Craig - 50/1


Cycling

Mens Road Race - Daniel Martin 500/1, Nicholas Roche 200/1, David McCann 400/1
Mens Time Trial - David McCann 2000/1
Mens Omnium - Martyn Irvine - 50/1
By:
db1974
When: 26 Jul 12 16:32
Equestrian Events

Dressage

Anna Merveldt - 100/1


Eventing

Aoife Clarke - 66/1
Mark Kyle - 125/1
Joseph Murphy - 200/1
Michael Ryan - 100/1
Camilla Speirs - 50/1

Team - 50/1


Show-jumping

Cian O'Connor - 66/1
Billy Twomey - 33/1
By:
db1974
When: 26 Jul 12 16:37
Gymnastics

Mens all-around - Kieran Behan - 250/1


Judo

Womens 48kg - Lisa Kearney - 66/1


Modern Penthalon

Men - Arthur Lannigan-O'Keeffe - unquoted
Women - Natalya Coyle - 100/1


Rowing

Women single sculls - Sanita Puspure - 100/1
By:
db1974
When: 26 Jul 12 16:43
Sailing

Men Laser - James Espey - 500/1
Men 470 - Ireland - 150/1
Men Star - Ireland - 18/1 (as low as 8/1 4th fav with Coral)
Men 49er - Ireland - 75/1
Women Laser Radial - Annalise Murphy - 25/1


Shooting

Mens Trap - Derek Burnett - 50/1


Triathlon

Men - Gavin Noble - 200/1
Women - Aileen Morrison - 80/1
By:
db1974
When: 26 Jul 12 16:50
Swimming

Mens 50m Freestyle - Barry Murphy - unquoted
Mens 100m Breaststroke - Barry Murphy - 80/1
Womens 100m Breaststroke - Sycerika McMahon - unquoted
Womens 200m Medley - Sycerika McMahon - unquoted
Womens 200m Freestyle - Grainne Murphy - unquoted
Womens 400m Freestyle - Grainne Murphy - unquoted
Womens 800m Freestyle - Grainne Murphy - 300/1
Womens 400m Medley - Grainne Murphy - unquoted
Womens 100m Backstroke - Melanie Nocher - unquoted
Womens 200m Backstroke - Melanie Nocher - unquoted
By:
db1974
When: 26 Jul 12 16:59
Boxing

Light Flyweight - Paddy Barnes - 33/1 (5th fav) - as low as 20/1 excl Boyles & Paddys who both go 16/1
Flyweight - Michael Conlan - 14/1 (5th fav) - as low as 8/1 but generally 12/1
Bantamweight - John Joe Nevin - 9/1 (4th fav) - as low as 6/1 in places
Welterweight - Adam Nolan - 40/1 (7th fav) - as low as 25/1 but 33/1 generally
Middleweight - Darren O'Neill - 16/1 (4th fav) - as low as 8/1 but generally 12/1

Womens Lightweight - Katie Taylor - 4/11
By:
frank60
When: 26 Jul 12 22:32
well done DB.   HOPE IM WRONG BUT 10/11 TO WIN JUST 1 GOLD MEDAL WITH BOYLES LOOKS A GOOD BET.
By:
workrider
When: 27 Jul 12 11:30
did our boxer get reinstated does anyone know....?
By:
db1974
When: 27 Jul 12 11:36
No - Joe Ward lost his appeal to the Court of Arbitration

http://www.rte.ie/sport/olympics/boxing/2012/0726/330646-ward-makes-last-ditch-olympic-plea/
By:
workrider
When: 27 Jul 12 11:43
thanks db1974....
By:
RoyalAcademy
When: 27 Jul 12 11:44
Congratulations to all those who will represent us with pride. The above odds, with the boxing exception, clearly indicate just what the challenge is and its probably a significant achievement for most to just have qualified.

There is a lot of blood, sweat, tears and cash invested to get us to the starting line, the Irish media are building up unrealistic hopes with wall-to-wall coverage and its easy to anticipate the call for an enquiry when medals fail to materialise. db's above summation is pretty clear. Let's hope there might be a surprise or two in store but we are sadly lacking a world class star in track and field which makes the achievements of Treacy, Coughlan, Sonia etc all the more meritorious.
By:
Ozymandius
When: 27 Jul 12 12:07
On the one hand we have no right to expect any success whatsoever given that we are such a small country, with such limited facilities and with no great tradition of of participating in so many of the sports featured.


On the other hand, it does seem a little disappointing that given that this is our 'home' Olympics, one assumes that here has been an extra drive and increased funding to try and ensure some success, which doesn't look like paying off.
By:
wildmanfromborneo
When: 27 Jul 12 12:10
Agree with most of Royal Academys post but the athletes he mentioned didn`t manage a Gold between them whereas Ronnie Delaney,Pat O`Callaghan and Bob Tisdall all did,also no mention of Irelands greatest ever Olympian Michelle De Bruin with her three gold medals.
By:
RoyalAcademy
When: 27 Jul 12 12:22
I'm not not biting on that particular sprat wildman as I well know your views on the the bould Michelle.

Hard to compare decades-old achievement with the modern Games imo. My trio, in particular Sonia and Coughlan, excelled on the world stage for years and proved how tough the Olympics really are as they just couldn't manage to land the ultimate blow when needed. Something fundamental has changed in many different disciplines and its unlikely we will be competing at the top table for decades such is the dominance of certain nationalities and geographic locations.

Any chance Tour twelfth Nick Roche is a lively outsider? Its one sport than can be unpredictable.
By:
frank60
When: 27 Jul 12 13:58
No matter how much money or training you do  you cant make a silk purse out of a sow.s ear..exceep to say well done to those irish  competitors  who quilifed..the Reality is may be a brooze in the mens boxer team and i hope a gold for Katie.  I WILL cheer louder then any irishmen if im wrong.Happy
By:
db1974
When: 27 Jul 12 16:30
Katie Taylor faces tough route for London Gold

Ireland's Katie Taylor faces a tough draw ahead of her quest for gold at the London Olympics.

The four-time world champion is set to meet old nemesis Queen Underwood as early as the quarter-final stages, should both boxers progress to the last eight.

And things do not get much easier for the Bray native as Britain's Natasha Jonas or China's Cheng Dong await in the semi-final stage.

Taylor's father and coach, Peter, said its a great draw and she wants to show the world that she can beat the best.

There was good news for Belfast boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlon, who received byes into the last-16.

John Joe Nevin will box tomorrow against a Danish opponent in the round of 32.

Adam Nolan from Wexford has drawn Estacio Sanchez from Ecuador in the round of 32 in men's Welterweight division.

http://www.rte.ie/sport/olympics/boxing/2012/0727/330861-taylor-faces-tough-route-for-london-gold/
By:
db1974
When: 27 Jul 12 16:34
Does anyone know why 32 boxers cannot compete in each weight division?

Of the 10 different divisions in the men's boxing, 3 have 26 boxers, 2 have 16 boxers (the heavy & super-heavy) and the other 5 divisions have 28 boxers.

Why not have 32 boxers in each division so that more boxers (such as Joe Ward) will have the chance to compete? Also it means that some boxers won't be at a disadvantage by virtue of having to fight an extra bout than some others?
By:
jumper
When: 27 Jul 12 17:11

Jul 27, 2012 -- 6:07AM, Ozymandius wrote:


On the one hand we have no right to expect any success whatsoever given that we are such a small country, with such limited facilities and with no great tradition of of participating in so many of the sports featured.On the other hand, it does seem a little disappointing that given that this is our 'home' Olympics, one assumes that here has been an extra drive and increased funding to try and ensure some success, which doesn't look like paying off.


They've had 7 years, there's was plenty of life then still left in the Celtic Tiger to plan something but no, all that ignorant expenses guzzling dope of a Sports Minister at the time, O'Donoghue, could think about was attracting teams here to use already spartan facilities trying to help out his fellow business associates. To be honest, Ireland should have thought outward about sporting excellence like many other countries do many years before. But feck that, so long as we win the county championship and have a good run for the All-Ireland.

Still not too late to do so and would have enormous benefits for a future healthy society.

Sorry to all you boxing fans here but honestly, our best opportunities are in a sport where someone goes out intentionally to hurt another human being?

By:
thefly10
When: 27 Jul 12 19:38
I know very little about our athletes only getting into it the last couple of days. A four times world champion, be disappointing if Katie Taylor does not get Gold. Joe Ward probably would have been are best hope of the men boxers but he got rode in Turkey.

Anyone know much about this Michael Conlon, was only bet by a point by Andy Selby in the World championships has been quoted as one of our biggest darkhorses.
By:
bobbybocala
When: 27 Jul 12 20:26
how did he get rode in turkey.....typical irish carry on.....same as the soccer crowd against france......complaining when they are beaten......
By:
db1974
When: 29 Jul 12 22:05
A few athletes performing better than expected

Chloe Magee wins opening badminton match and has a match on Tuesday against World No.15 for a place in the Last 16

Peter O'Leary & David Burrows currently second in Star sailing class and are now second favs from 18/1 2 days ago
By:
db1974
When: 29 Jul 12 22:27
Why no betting on here for the individual bouts?
By:
workrider
When: 29 Jul 12 22:28
VERY INTERESTING db1974.. hope they continue to progress....
By:
db1974
When: 29 Jul 12 22:30
It's a bit **** without the scoring

What other sport do the competitors not know the score?
By:
punchestown
When: 29 Jul 12 22:41
How did they give that last round to Nolan?
By:
RamonSanchezPizjuan
When: 29 Jul 12 22:42
The Ecuadorian was landing no punches mate, looked very nervous.
By:
irishro
When: 29 Jul 12 22:43
It's counted on punches not rounds. The other lad looked busy in the 3rd but wasn't landing. Boxers off to great start. O
By:
Wallflower
When: 29 Jul 12 22:43
Agree.Confused That little Ecudorian well on top, I thought Nolan would be lucky to hang on, but he won it 3-2!!!
By:
dj876
When: 29 Jul 12 22:43
Unlikely to win his next bout,looking at that.
By:
Wallflower
When: 29 Jul 12 22:44
What!!! He caught with 3 clean shots!
By:
Wallflower
When: 29 Jul 12 22:45
"He was caught with 3 clean shots!"
By:
punchestown
When: 29 Jul 12 22:51
The Ecuadorian was landing no punches mate, looked very nervous.

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Must have been watching a different fight buddy,Nolan got caught by a couple of combinations in that last round and 100% lost that last round but won the fight overall imo.
By:
frank60
When: 30 Jul 12 11:28
i watched the fight with 5 others and we were all thought the ecuadorian won the last round clearly.
By:
punchestown
When: 30 Jul 12 11:41
i watched the fight with 5 others and we were all thought the ecuadorian won the last round clearly

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Doesn't auger well for the integrity/quality of the judging for the rest of the competition.
By:
workrider
When: 30 Jul 12 12:31
i felt nolan got very tired in the last round and became a little ragged ...lets not forget it was his first ever fight at the games ....he would have been on edge going into the last knowing he only had to stand up to win...he decided to do the sugar ray bit an nearly payed the price......over all a good win , and with that experience under his belt he'll grow in confidence....
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