All athletes from the Cork team who will fly the rebel flag at the Tokyo Olympics


The first athletes started arriving at the Olympic Village in Tokyo last Tuesday ahead of the Games which start next Friday.

Athletes from these shores have arrived at the Village in recent days.

The largest representation of Cork athletes is in the rowing team.

Ten athletes from Real Capital will have their oars in the water at Sea Forest Waterway from the end of next week.

They are in the rowing of light men Fintan McCarthy , 24 years, Paul O’Donovan (27) and his brother Gary (28) as a reserve.

The brothers of course won a silver medal in the event in Rio in 2016.

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan

All are from the Skibbereen Rowing Club, and Paul is now a member of the UCC Rowing Club, where he studies medicine.

One of the county’s top medal hopes is Sanita Puspure in the women’s single scull.

The 39-year-old was born in Latvia but moved to Cork in 2006.

She has been the world and European single scull champion for the past two years, with the Ballincollig resident one of the favorites to win an Olympic medal.

2020 European Rowing Championships, Poznan, Poland 11/10/2020 Women’s single scull Final Irish Sanita Puspure celebrates her gold medal Mandatory Credit © INPHO / Detlev Seyb

The lightweight Women’s Double Scull is an all-cork case.

Aoife Casey (22), another native of Skibbereen and currently a member of the UCC Rowing Club, forms half of the crew.

She is studying medical and health sciences at university.

At his side is Marguerite Cremen (both pictured above).

The 22-year-old Rochestown native is also a member of the UCC Rowing Club, where she studies sports and physical education with Irish people.

The reserve of this crew is Lydia Heaphy (23) who is a member of Skibbereen and UCC Rowing Club, where she studies law.

Lydia Heaphy
Lydia Heaphy

native of Ballinlough Ronan Byrne is triggered in the double male couple.

The 23-year-old is a member of the UCC Rowing Club (student in nutritional sciences) and won a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships by event as well as a bronze medal at the European Championships in the ‘last year.

Byrne will row alongside Philip Doyle, from Belfast, with Daire Lynch from Clonmel the reserve.

In the four ladies, 22 years old Emily hegarty from Skibbereen and is currently a member of the UCC Rowing Club, where she studies Biological Sciences.

Emily is joined by Fiona Murtagh (Galway), Eimear Lambe (Dublin) and Aifric Keogh (Galway).

Twenty three years Tara Hanlon is also from Skibbereen and a member of the UCC Rowing Club (business student) is the reserve of this crew.

There will be five track and field athletes representing the rebel county in Tokyo.

Phil healy (Bandon AC) will have hopes of making at least one final.

Phil healy
Phil healy

The 26-year-old national 100-meter record holder will compete in the mixed 200m, 400m and 4 x 400m relay in Tokyo.

Aoife Cooke (Eagle AC) will participate in the marathon.

The 34-year-old native of Ballincollig is competing in her first Olympics.

Aoife Cooke
Aoife Cooke

Michelle finn
Michelle finn

Michelle finn (Leevale AC) grew up in Castlemagner and will participate in the 3000m steeplechase.

Now 31, she competed in the Rio Olympics, where she finished 11th in her series.

Louise shanahan (Leevale AC) will compete in the 800m.

Louise shanahan
Louise shanahan

The 24-year-old is in his second year of a doctorate in quantum physics at the University of Cambridge.

She had targeted Paris in 2024 as the Olympics she would participate in, but her place in Tokyo has been confirmed in recent weeks.

Alex wright (also Leevale AC) will participate in the 20 km walk.

Growing up in London, Wright moved to Cork at the age of 22.

Alex wright
Alex wright

The 30-year-old now lives in Mallow and will compete in his second Olympics.

Elsewhere, Shane Sweetnam will compete for Rebel County in show jumping.

Shane Sweetman

The 40-year-old Dunmanway native is now based in the United States and will compete in his first Olympics.

nineteen years old Meg ryan of the Douglas Gymnastics Club will participate in the women’s all-around competition on Sunday July 25.

She won the country’s first World Cup podium at the 2019 World Cup in Turkey by winning silver on uneven bars and she has high hopes for her first Olympics.

Eddie dunbar
Eddie dunbar

Native joke Eddie dunbar will participate in the road cycling race.

The 24-year-old finished third in the 12th stage of the 2019 Giro d’Italia, finishing 22nd overall in this event.

Sean waddilove
Sean waddilove

Sailing, Seán Waddilove competes in Mens 49er alongside Dubliner Robert Dickson.

Sean is now a member of the Howth Yacht Club and the Skerries Sailing Club in County Dublin.


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