Lynch misses out on Olympic laser spot in Portugal

by Stephen Findlater
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NATIONAL Yacht Club’s Finn Lynch missed out on qualification for the Olympic Games as he finished 33rd at the European Laser Olympic qualification regatta in Vilamoura, Portugal. 

The Rio Olympian found himself out of the running before the final day’s sailing with just one ticket on the line. 

He completed the event in 33rd place overall following a 14th and 42nd places for the day. 

Howth YC youngster Ewan McMahon reached the gold medal fleet as well and he finished his campaign in strong fashion, improving to 48th overall with a 23rd and 55th on the final day. 

In the silver fleet, newcomers to Senior level racing Tom Higgins and Hugo Kennedy, both of the Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire, placed 46th and 62nd respectively. 

In the women’s races, Rathfarnham’s Annalise Murphy had already secured an Olympic spot and while she missed out on a place in the gold fleet at this event, she finished on a high. 

The Olympic silver medallist put that initial disappointment behind her by delivering four consecutive race win ‘bullets’ in the Radial Silver fleet to win the classification. 

Aoife Hopkins and Eve McMahon, both of Howth YC, finished 6th and 9th respectively in the 44-boat Silver fleet. 

PHOTO – Ireland’s Finn Lynch from Carlow (National Yacht Club) competing on the penultimate day of the European Olympic qualification regatta in Vilamoura, Portugal where Ireland was unable to secure a place at Tokyo 2020. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

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