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#Road to Rio

# road-to-rio - Saturday 25 June, 2016

Ireland get Olympic 7s qualification tilt off to rampant start with rout in UCD
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Ireland get Olympic 7s qualification tilt off to rampant start with rout in UCD

Jun 25th 2016, 1:18 PM 5,609 Views 2 Comments

Trinidad and Tobago were utterly outclassed.

# road-to-rio - Thursday 23 June, 2016

Michael O'Reilly becomes the 8th Irish boxer to qualify for Rio 2016
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Michael O'Reilly becomes the 8th Irish boxer to qualify for Rio 2016

Jun 23rd 2016, 2:16 PM 2,909 Views 5 Comments

And he’s guaranteed a bronze at the World Qualifier in Baku.

# road-to-rio - Wednesday 22 June, 2016

What happens now that Rory McIlroy has pulled out of the Olympics?
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What happens now that Rory McIlroy has pulled out of the Olympics?

Jun 22nd 2016, 6:06 PM 7,322 Views 9 Comments

Graeme McDowell, Pádraig Harrington and Seamus Power are on the reserve list for Paul McGinley’s team.

'I've learnt to deal with those situations. If something is said or written I don't get as upset by it'
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'I've learnt to deal with those situations. If something is said or written I don't get as upset by it'

Jun 22nd 2016, 7:45 AM 6,369 Views 0 Comments

After the heartbreak of London, Aileen Reid believes she’s better equipped to deal with the pressure of an Olympic Games in Rio.

# road-to-rio - Tuesday 21 June, 2016

Ireland name Niamh Briggs in 7s squad for this weekend's Olympic qualifier in UCD
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# Last Chance Saloon

Ireland name Niamh Briggs in 7s squad for this weekend's Olympic qualifier in UCD

Jun 21st 2016, 7:22 PM 5,102 Views 4 Comments

The stakes couldn’t be any higher for the

# road-to-rio - Tuesday 7 June, 2016

'No-one will ever come close to him': How Ali's philosophy still guides Katie Taylor
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'No-one will ever come close to him': How Ali's philosophy still guides Katie Taylor

Jun 7th 2016, 5:02 PM 3,411 Views 2 Comments

Taylor’s confidence unshaken as she sets her sights on a second Olympic gold medal.

Team Ireland's New Balance kit for Rio 2016 has been unveiled
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Team Ireland's New Balance kit for Rio 2016 has been unveiled

Jun 7th 2016, 2:52 PM 13,597 Views 3 Comments

Another box ticked on the road to Rio.

# road-to-rio - Sunday 5 June, 2016

'I wouldn't be betraying Britain by fighting for Pakistan in Rio' - Amir Khan
# Controversial
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# Controversial

'I wouldn't be betraying Britain by fighting for Pakistan in Rio' - Amir Khan

Jun 5th 2016, 2:06 PM 7,464 Views 6 Comments

The Bolton-born fighter is considering the option but the WBC is vowing to impose two-year bans on any pros who fight at the Olympics.

# road-to-rio - Thursday 2 June, 2016

Remarkable 'Blind Messi' desperate to add Rio gold to his collection
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# Inspirational

Remarkable 'Blind Messi' desperate to add Rio gold to his collection

Jun 2nd 2016, 12:30 PM 2,868 Views 3 Comments

Silvio Velo, who recently became a grandfather, will captain Argentina’s visually-impaired football team at the Olympic Games.

# road-to-rio - Wednesday 1 June, 2016

Olympic Games opened to professional boxers after landslide vote at AIBA congress
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# Pro-Am

Olympic Games opened to professional boxers after landslide vote at AIBA congress

Jun 1st 2016, 10:05 AM 8,019 Views 30 Comments

Until now, boxing at the Games had been restricted to the amateur level.

# road-to-rio - Saturday 28 May, 2016

Ciobanu's Olympic appeal falls on deaf ears as Athletics Ireland stick by controversial decision
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# Rio 2016

Ciobanu's Olympic appeal falls on deaf ears as Athletics Ireland stick by controversial decision

May 28th 2016, 2:53 PM 4,246 Views 11 Comments

An Independent Appeals Committee finds there was no ‘error of fact or a procedural deficit’ in selection process.

# road-to-rio - Wednesday 25 May, 2016

16 things we learned from tonight's Road to Rio documentary
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16 things we learned from tonight's Road to Rio documentary

May 25th 2016, 9:45 PM 4,519 Views 0 Comments

Let us know what you thought of this week’s episode.

'Without realising it, I’m wasting so much energy' - Ellen Keane writes her first Road to Rio diary
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'Without realising it, I’m wasting so much energy' - Ellen Keane writes her first Road to Rio diary

May 25th 2016, 2:31 PM 3,969 Views 0 Comments

Swimmer is preparing for her third Paralympics later this year.

'I'm not okay with just being okay' - Irish swimmer Fiona Doyle on her Olympic ambitions
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# Going Swimmingly

'I'm not okay with just being okay' - Irish swimmer Fiona Doyle on her Olympic ambitions

May 25th 2016, 7:45 AM 12,408 Views 1 Comment

The 24-year-old also spoke about the impact of the Zika virus on her plans for Rio.

# road-to-rio - Tuesday 24 May, 2016

Athletics Ireland 'competely reject' claims athlete's Moldovan background cost him Olympic spot
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# Denial

Athletics Ireland 'competely reject' claims athlete's Moldovan background cost him Olympic spot

May 24th 2016, 5:09 PM 8,777 Views 6 Comments

Marathon runner Sergiu Ciobanu was not selected for the three-man team despite posting the third fastest time.

Rio, here I come! Katie Taylor has qualified for the Olympic Games
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Rio, here I come! Katie Taylor has qualified for the Olympic Games

May 24th 2016, 2:35 PM 33,260 Views 33 Comments

“Dream come true” as Taylor beats Victoria Torres by unanimous decision.

# road-to-rio - Saturday 21 May, 2016

Katie Taylor 2 wins away from Rio after convincing start to World Championships
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Katie Taylor 2 wins away from Rio after convincing start to World Championships

May 21st 2016, 2:29 PM 4,319 Views 1 Comment

The Bray boxer must reach the semi-finals in Astana.

# road-to-rio - Friday 20 May, 2016

Team Ireland beginning to take shape as badminton stars secure Olympic qualification
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# On The Plane

Team Ireland beginning to take shape as badminton stars secure Olympic qualification

May 20th 2016, 3:34 PM 10,606 Views 8 Comments

Scott Evans and Chloe Magee become the latest Irish athletes to secure their place in Rio.

# road-to-rio - Thursday 19 May, 2016

Will Katie qualify for the Olympics? All eyes on Taylor as World Championships begin
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Will Katie qualify for the Olympics? All eyes on Taylor as World Championships begin

May 19th 2016, 12:04 PM 16,002 Views 14 Comments

Cavan’s Ceire Smith lost on the opening day in Astana.

# road-to-rio - Wednesday 18 May, 2016

15 things we learned from the second episode of RTÉ's Road to Rio documentary
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15 things we learned from the second episode of RTÉ's Road to Rio documentary

May 18th 2016, 9:00 PM 5,839 Views 5 Comments

Tell us what you thought.

# road-to-rio - Sunday 15 May, 2016

Usain Bolt ran his first 100m of the season last night - and says 'it wasn't the best'
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# Road To Rio

Usain Bolt ran his first 100m of the season last night - and says 'it wasn't the best'

May 15th 2016, 11:21 AM 9,329 Views 4 Comments

Bolt returns to the track ahead of the Ostrava Golden Spike meet next week.

'I'm a 27-year-old Olympian funded by my parents, riding a moped to training like a teenager'
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# Triumph Over Adversity

'I'm a 27-year-old Olympian funded by my parents, riding a moped to training like a teenager'

May 15th 2016, 9:00 AM 39,883 Views 46 Comments

Gymnast Kieran Behan admits justifying his existence is becoming increasingly difficult but he remains determined to overcome obstacles to inspire others.

'We just love trying to do that to ourselves. We love that feeling of pain'
# Brothers In Arms
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# Brothers In Arms

'We just love trying to do that to ourselves. We love that feeling of pain'

May 15th 2016, 7:30 AM 20,414 Views 3 Comments

Cork brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan speak to The42 about the gruelling road to Rio, how they got into rowing, and what it means to be European champions.

# road-to-rio - Wednesday 11 May, 2016

14 things we learned from the first episode of RTÉ's Road to Rio documentary
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# Irish Pride

14 things we learned from the first episode of RTÉ's Road to Rio documentary

May 11th 2016, 9:00 PM 5,428 Views 2 Comments

What did you make of it?

'None of us are enemies - we'll shake hands regardless of who is on that plane to Rio'
# The Waiting Game
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# The Waiting Game

'None of us are enemies - we'll shake hands regardless of who is on that plane to Rio'

May 11th 2016, 5:55 PM 5,912 Views 0 Comments

The waiting game is nearly over for Ireland’s marathon runners with their Olympic fate set to be delivered in the coming weeks.

# road-to-rio - Monday 9 May, 2016

Jenny Egan was in a canoe before she was born, this month she'll take another shot at the Olympics
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# Sprinter

Jenny Egan was in a canoe before she was born, this month she'll take another shot at the Olympics

May 9th 2016, 3:00 PM 12,875 Views 4 Comments

Family ties are helping the record-breaking Lucan woman strengthen for make-or-break qualifiers in Germany.

World Cup gold for Coyle and Lanigan O'Keeffe ahead of Rio 2016
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World Cup gold for Coyle and Lanigan O'Keeffe ahead of Rio 2016

May 9th 2016, 9:41 AM 3,432 Views 1 Comment

The pair put in a great performance in Florida on Sunday night.

# road-to-rio - Friday 6 May, 2016

'Sport is a form of medicine for me and provides a release from everything else in life'
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'Sport is a form of medicine for me and provides a release from everything else in life'

May 6th 2016, 12:00 PM 17,070 Views 6 Comments

With the Rio Olympics just four months away, The42 meets one of Ireland’s leading medal hopes, Mark English.

# road-to-rio - Thursday 5 May, 2016

If this RTÉ documentary doesn't get you in the mood for the Olympics, nothing will
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If this RTÉ documentary doesn't get you in the mood for the Olympics, nothing will

May 5th 2016, 3:23 PM 17,963 Views 21 Comments

‘They give our nation a face, a heart, a story.’

# road-to-rio - Thursday 28 April, 2016

'Irish boxing is where it is now because of Zaur Antia, and that's a fact'
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'Irish boxing is where it is now because of Zaur Antia, and that's a fact'

Apr 28th 2016, 7:15 AM 5,544 Views 2 Comments

Barnes will carry the Irish flag at the Olympics opening ceremony on 5 August.

# road-to-rio - Thursday 21 April, 2016

'Well done Adam, great to put your country on hold so you can fulfil your own schedule'
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# Backlash

'Well done Adam, great to put your country on hold so you can fulfil your own schedule'

Apr 21st 2016, 9:21 AM 11,482 Views 13 Comments

Australian golfer Adam Scott’s decision to skip the Olympics has not gone down well with some of his compatriots.

# road-to-rio - Sunday 17 April, 2016

Ireland have another Rio representative as Kieran Behan books Olympic place
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# On The Plane

Ireland have another Rio representative as Kieran Behan books Olympic place

Apr 17th 2016, 1:58 PM 6,311 Views 1 Comment

The gymnast’s place at this summer’s Games was confirmed this morning.

The mighty Quinn is aiming to make a big splash in Rio
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# Quinn It To Win It

The mighty Quinn is aiming to make a big splash in Rio

Apr 17th 2016, 10:00 AM 13,132 Views 2 Comments

Nicholas Quinn tells The42 all those early starts and gruelling pool sessions were worth it.

# road-to-rio - Saturday 16 April, 2016

19-year-old Brendan Irvine becomes the 5th Irish boxer to qualify for Rio
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19-year-old Brendan Irvine becomes the 5th Irish boxer to qualify for Rio

Apr 16th 2016, 4:25 PM 6,003 Views 2 Comments

The Belfast-born fighter fought back after a difficult start in his box-off this afternoon.

# road-to-rio - Friday 15 April, 2016

David Oliver Joyce and Brendan Irvine now face box-offs to book Olympic qualification
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David Oliver Joyce and Brendan Irvine now face box-offs to book Olympic qualification

Apr 15th 2016, 5:42 PM 2,793 Views 2 Comments

The pair lost their respective semi-finals.

# road-to-rio - Wednesday 13 April, 2016

Katie Taylor on the brink of Olympic qualification, Darren O'Neill goes out at the quarter-finals
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Katie Taylor on the brink of Olympic qualification, Darren O'Neill goes out at the quarter-finals

Apr 13th 2016, 7:25 PM 5,523 Views 4 Comments

The 2012 gold medallist came through her European Olympic qualifying quarter-final in Turkey and there were mixed fortunes for the rest of Team Ireland.

# road-to-rio - Tuesday 12 April, 2016

Shock as Ireland's Michael O'Reilly crashes out in Olympic boxing qualifier
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Shock as Ireland's Michael O'Reilly crashes out in Olympic boxing qualifier

Apr 12th 2016, 6:08 PM 22,435 Views 10 Comments

David Oliver Joyce into the lightwieght quarter-finals in Turkey as O’Reilly suffers defeat.

# road-to-rio - Monday 11 April, 2016

Katie Taylor wins on a good day for Ireland at the Olympic boxing qualifiers
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Katie Taylor wins on a good day for Ireland at the Olympic boxing qualifiers

Apr 11th 2016, 7:10 PM 7,211 Views 1 Comment

Four Irish fighters took a step closer to Rio today.

Rio, here we come! Nicholas Quinn becomes third Irish swimmer to qualify for Olympics
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Rio, here we come! Nicholas Quinn becomes third Irish swimmer to qualify for Olympics

Apr 11th 2016, 8:03 AM 14,066 Views 3 Comments

The 22-year-old won gold in Eindhoven last night.

# road-to-rio - Friday 8 April, 2016

'It was bad but what can you do?': Boxer's Olympic dream not affected by car crash
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'It was bad but what can you do?': Boxer's Olympic dream not affected by car crash

Apr 8th 2016, 11:57 AM 3,738 Views 0 Comments

Belfast teen Brendan Irvine is hoping to book his Olympic spot as the European Qualifiers get underway.