- Golf: Leona Maguire reached a level by 71 in the first round; Stephanie Meadow finishes above par with a round of 72
- Diving: Tanya Watson qualifies for women’s 10m platform semifinals
- Equestrian: Cian O’Connor best of the Irish in show jumping final but he, Bertram Allen and Darragh Kenny lack medals
Cian o’connor was the Irishman’s best in the individual show jumping final on Wednesday, but his run aboard Kilkenny gave him half a second before the eventual tie-off of the six finalists.
O’Connor cleared all the fences without fail, but his time of 88.45 was less than half a second beyond the 88 seconds allowed, meaning he collected just one penalty point to finish. seventh overall.
Britain’s Ben Maher won gold after the play-off, with silver going to Sweden’s Peder Fredricson and Dutchman Maikel van der Vleuten taking bronze.
Bertram Allen aboard Pacino Amiro collected eight penalty points after dropping two bars in a time of 84.64 to finish 15th overall while Darragh kenny and Cartello also collected eight penalty points in a time of 85.11 for 17th place.
Leona Maguire shot a level par 71 in the first round of the women’s competition in stroke play while Stephanie Meadow, in a later group at Kasumigaseki Country Club, Saitama, went from three to birdie on 16th and 17th and par from 18th to the end of his first turn at an above par.
The two Irish players are behind Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden, who leads the table with five under. The Swede shot a first round of 66, ahead of Americans Nelly Korda and Aditi Ashok of India, who are one stroke behind.
Maguire birdied the fourth hole and landed a bogey on the fifth hole in sweltering conditions, then hit the par on the turn to come out in 36. Two birdies and two bogeys on the back nine ensured his par, one score with which the 26 year old player was happy.
âYeah, I mean, it was a bit of a mixed ride, I would say,â Maguire said. âI didn’t master my irons today. I felt like I made good pairs when I needed to keep going and staying in it which is the most important thing on day one. I remained patient and it was nice to set up a birdie on 17 and a par on 18. â
It was a long course and Maguire always found herself a long way off the tee, sometimes 50 yards, of her playing partner Bianca Pagdanganan, who is one of the longest hitters on the women’s circuit.
Temperatures rose to 35 degrees and the green vegetables began to cook and accelerated as the day wore on. Stephanie Prairie, the other half of the Irish squad, came out in 37 and bugged the 10th and 11th holes to go to three over par. However, she rallied with a birdie on the 16th and 17th for a round of 72 above par.
But Maguire was happy enough that he hadn’t let the peloton stray too far. She made good four and five foot saves on the last nine and got up and down the green bunker at 18 to save the par and keep it from overtaking the par for the day.
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âI think it’s good,â she said of the par. âI don’t see anyone walking away from us today. Its implementation is longer than that of men for us. We’re going to be playing with much longer clubs so it’s a matter of trying to try your luck on the shorter holes and there are tough par fours where the par is a really good score.
âI felt I was a bit unlucky in places. There were a few shots that were maybe within a foot of two and I was punished for them. Maybe some better breaks tomorrow. I mean we’re used to going into the green with long clubs, yeah, but there are some of those pins where you just have to take your medicine.
Maguire said it was a different feel from her first Olympics in Rio 2016, where her youngest was sister Lisa. She was 21 and still at Duke University and “watched girls on TV” rather than playing against them.
Last month, she clocked a stunning 61 on the final day of the Amundi Evian Championship in France, tying the lowest round in the history of the Women’s Major. The Cavan golfer made 10 birdies – including four consecutive to close her course – to equal the record set by South Korean Hyo Joo Kim on the same course in 2014.
âThis week, you are part of something bigger than yourself,â Maguire said. âYou saw that with the guys, with Shane and Rory. Rory in particular, I think, didn’t realize that until he was here and you were chatting with other athletes and cheering them on and they want to see you do well.
âIt’s just a little different feeling. It is a great honor to represent your country and to do so at the Olympics is the greatest honor.
âI’m probably less impressed with everyone here and focus a little more on myself. These are the girls that I play with week after week, as opposed to Rio when it was the girls that I watched on TV week after week, so it’s a little different. At the same time, they are just as good golfers as they were last time around, if not better. I would say the field is a lot stronger here than it was in Rio.
Meadow was in the doldrums until the 16th hole, a Par 3. Her approach settled down to 12 feet and she dropped the putt for a birdie. Then again, on the 17th, she sank another midrange putt for a birdie before chipping and putting right off the green on the 18th to secure her par for a 72.
âGetting three on day one is really hard to come back, but coming back to one is really, really encouraging,â Meadow said. âDefinitely happy to make those two putts and put a happy note on the end of some kind of shit trick.
âIt was mostly irons. I just didn’t have my good iron shots. I missed a few small sides and you can’t do that here. It bothered me a bit and I couldn’t get out of it. So, I’m happy to come out with one with not my best golf.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, the International Golf Federation said that due to poor weather forecasts for the weekend, the competition could be reduced to 54 holes with a new update coming after the end of the second. knack.
The extreme heat in Tokyo presented extremely difficult conditions for the players and the IGF also stated that, “based on the advice of our medical adviser, playing more than 18 holes in one day is not advisable” .
After complaints from some players, organizers said they would have umbrellas available on the first tee for all players and caddies, traveling carts with ice cream and cold towels, and volunteers with umbrellas on each tee.
Tanya watson made history in Tokyo by becoming the first Irish diver to compete in the Olympic Games and the first to qualify for the semi-finals of the women’s 10m platform at the Tokyo Aquatic Center.
At just 19 years old, Watson placed 16th in the group of 18 athletes who graduated from the preliminary round of the world’s top 30 divers with a score of 289.4 points.
It was Oliver Dingley who made Irish history in Rio by becoming the first Irish male diver to qualify for an Olympic final. A disappointed Dingley didn’t qualify this week, but Watson stepped in once again to bring the dive center stage.
The Southampton-born athlete was very consistent throughout the five dives, three pikes and two folds ranging in difficulty from 2.8 to 3.2.
âI’m feeling great and just excited to go back and do my dives and start again tomorrow,â Watson said. âMy first dive was pretty good for me, everything was consistent so all my dives were on the head. But I just need to work on tomorrow – my entrees, there was some splash there that I would like to get rid of.
His first effort got 62.40 points, his highest score of the five dives. His strength was that there was very little deviation from that first high score, which allowed him to score a high score throughout.
With 57.00, 52.20, 60.20 and 57.60 to finish, Watson finished her routines ahead of American diver Katrina Young and Malaysian Pandelela in 17th and 18th places, with China’s Yuxi Chen winning the prelims with a score of 390.70.
“My first, second, third, fourth, fifth dives, they were all consistent,” added Watson. âSo I’m really, really happy with that. My plan for the semi-finals is that I personally want to enjoy it again. I had some really good dives today so I’m really excited to see that again. Tomorrow also, I want to work on my entries in the water.
The top 12 from the semi-finals, which begin at 2 a.m. on Thursday, Irish time, will advance to the final.
âConsistency is key in these moments and that’s exactly what Tanya showed today, she competed with a cool head with solid dives,â said Damian Ball, Irish national head coach for the diving. âToday’s score was 18 points higher than Tanya’s score to qualify for the Olympics. We look forward to tomorrow’s semi-final and will fight for a place in the final.