Irish Results Day 4

August 12, 2008
Rheinisch qualified for the final in 10th place and only made it when favourite Peter Kauzer of Slovakia, the last man down the course, was given four penalties.
He then went clear again as first man in the final and was holding on to bronze until the last canoeist Benjamin Boukepti (Togo) beat his time.
On coming fourth:
“It’s heartbreaking that I’m so close to a medal.”
“One error is what cost me a medal, but I was really fortunate to come this far.I can’t complain, I’ve been riding my luck to get just through each heat to the final.”
 
Irish Team Day 4 Tuesday August 12th featuring Sailing, Eventing, Canoe Slalom, Swimming and Boxing.
 
Men’s 470 races 3 and 4
Ger Owens, Phil Lawton finished 17th and 15th today and lie 13th overall after four races.
 
Women’s Laser races 1 and 2
Ciara Peelo began her campaign in the Laser Radial placing 23rd and 17th and is 25th overall.

 
16:40 Rowing – Men’s Lightweight Four Repechage
Cathal Moynihan, Gearoid Towey, Richard Archibald and Paul Griffin
 
The Irish quartet made the semi-finals on Thursday by comfortably winning the repechage ahead of the Netherlands and USA.

19:15 Eventing Day 3 – Show Jumping
Geoff Curran, Niall Griffin, Louise Lyons, Austin O’Connor and Patricia Ryan
Ireland are currently in 8th position at present
 
19:36 Swimming – Men’s 200m Breaststroke
Andrew Bree
 
Andrew Bree smashed his Irish record in the 200m breaststroke to become the first male swimmer from Ireland to qualify for the semi-finals of an Olympic swimming event. His time of 2:10.91 eclipsed the old record of 2:13.15 set at the US Trials last year and Andrew qualified in 12th place for the semi-finals that take place at 10.40am (Beijing) 3.40am (Dublin) tomorrow.

ON THE RACE

“It felt good, felt controlled, I was on pace with all my strokes. Like I was saying the other day after the 100m, this is my event, when I try to sprint it, I don’t know what I’m doing so it’s good to get into my stroke, I know that race more or less inside out now and it’s good to get rid of that 2:13 because it’s been hanging around for a while now. I always knew that I was going to swim faster and it’s good to get into the 2:10s but now the focus has to be on getting faster because as you can see guys are swimming 2:08.”

“I knew with the pace work that I’ve been doing, I knew that I was going to swim fast so it was good to finally get out there and do what I do best and it’s fun and we’ll see what happens next.”

ON LEADING

“I told my folks today that if I was behind going into the final turn then I’d have to put the hammer down but with the turns I was able to see everybody out there in lane seven I could see the field and that really helped. Swimming is one of those sports you can’t afford to look around in especially in breaststroke so I just kept to my stroke and my game plan and it worked.”

21:30 Boxing – Bantamweight – John Joe Nevin v Abdelhalim Ourradi (ALG)    

Ireland’s John-Joe Nevin booked his place in the final 16 of the bantamweight event in Beijing with a convincing 9-4 victory over Abdelhalim Ourradi of Algeria.

The 18-year-old from Mullingar was never in any real trouble against his more experienced opponent and boxed his way to victory despite a two-point penalty.

An explosive opening to the fight saw Nevin take the fight to his opponent, in a more aggressive frame of mind than his usual counter-punch style. But despite throwing several solid looking flurries, both boxers failed to score in the opening round.

Nevin settled into a more natural style in the second round, sitting back and inviting Ourradi on and picking him off for the first point of the match.

The Mullingar man followed that up with a strong right cross before Ourradi levelled the scores with two quick jabs, but Nevin ensured he was in front 3-2 at the end of the round with a neat left hook.

Ourradi was becoming visibly frustrated and began to lean in with his head and shoulders, inducing Nevin into a series of clinches for which his opponent was awarded two points. But the referee levelled up the penalties when he awarded Nevin two points seconds later.

A strong right-hook from the Irishman left the scores at 6-4 at the end of the second round.

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