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Carlow man Finn Lynch misses out on Olympic Qualification in Laser World Championships in Japan

Lynch ended the championship in 40th overall

Carlow man Finn Lynch has missed out on Olympic Qualification at the Laser World Championships in Japan.

In a highly competitive final at the Laser World Championship in Sakaiminato, Japan earlier today (Tuesday 9th July 2019) Ireland were unable to qualify for Tokyo 2020 at this opportunity.

Finn was best placed to achieve qualification, even on the final day but required two single digit results, form that he previously demonstrated at three big regattas earlier this year. However, Lynch ended the championship in 40th overall.

Ewan McMahon (Howth, Co. Dublin) placed a solid 50th for his debut at senior level world championship while Liam Glynn (Bangor, Co. Down) in only his second worlds made the top 100.

While attention now turns to next week’s women’s Olympic qualifier at the Laser Radial World Championship, also at Sakaiminato, a detailed debriefing session of the men’s event and the next qualification opportunity at the Sailing World Cup in Genoa in April 2020 will also be a top priority.

The Laser Radial World Championship begins next Thursday (18th July 2019) featuring Aoife Hopkins (Howth, Co. Dublin) and Aisling Keller (Tipperary) both aiming to secure a place for Ireland at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne is the Head of Sport and News in KCLR96FM. He's an avid rugby fan and can be seen frequenting Leinster and local clubs games. He loves his GAA too and is a former hurler and footballer and stood between the posts for his home club of Kiltegan for many years. He's also a Man U fan for his troubles and shouts for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
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