Dickson and Waddilove qualify Irish boat for Olympic Games

by Stephen Findlater

** Robert Dickson, their coach Matt McGovern, and Sean Waddilove just after qualifying.

Robert Dickson (Howth Yacht Club) with Sean Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club) have qualified Ireland for the Tokyo Olympics with a race to spare following a thrilling final fleet race at the 49er Olympic Qualifier in Lanzarote.

Overnight, only the Belgian crew were a threat to deny Ireland but their sixth place was enough to assure the Irish boat of a higher overall standing and they are now unbeatable for the final nation place at Tokyo.

It meant the pressure is off for Friday afternoon’s medal race with the Belgians unable to overhaul Waddilove and Dickson.

James O’Callaghan, Irish Sailing Performance Directed commented: “The whole team have all worked really hard preparing for the Tokyo Olympics and qualifying today is a really important step, and a milestone for Rob and Sean.

“The result is proof positive of our sailing programme supported by Sport Ireland – today demonstrates what is possible when you invest and plan long-term. In addition, the Irish Sailing Foundation funded the Performance HQ which played a vital role in preparing the team for today.

“Qualification has given the whole team a lift and it’s some good news for our fantastic support base at home in Ireland”.

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