Please select your home edition
North Sails 3Di 60 - 728x90

Irish team at the ILCA Laser Standard Men's Worlds at Miho Bay, Japan - Overall

by Gail MacAllister 9 Jul 08:58 PDT 4-9 July 2019
2019 Laser World Championship at Sakaiminato, Japan © Junichi Hirai / Bulkhead Magazine 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.

Australia's Tom Burton, Gold medalist from Rio, took the title followed closely by team mate Mathew Wearn.

Finn Lynch (Bennekerry, Co. Carlow) 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.

"For sure, the result is disappointing, especially after such a strong season," commented James O'Callaghan, Irish Sailing's Performance Director. "However, sport always has highs and lows, the key thing now is to bounce back and be ready for Genoa."

O'Callaghan added: "When you see the strength of nations like Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain (who dominated the top 10 along with France and Germany) it gives you confidence that the "one nation one team" approach is the way forward. We have a young team of three athletes, all with high potential; we just need to have faith in the process."

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.

Related Articles

Irish team at the Laser Men's Worlds day 5
A strong finish is required from Lynch to keep him in the mix Just two races remain in the Olympic qualifier at Laser World Championships Gold fleet in Japan. A strong finish to the event is required from Lynch to keep him in the mix for qualification. Posted on 8 Jul
Irish team at the Laser Men's Worlds day 4
Lynch sparks at Olympic qualifier in Japan The fourth day of the Olympic qualifier at Laser World Championship Gold fleet in Japan today marked moving day for the event as the two Irish sailors started their Gold fleet final series for the top 52 boats in the 156-strong regatta. Posted on 7 Jul
Irish team at the Laser Men's Worlds day 3
Two Irish sailors through to the Gold fleet Ireland's Ewan McMahon (Howth, Co. Dublin) and Finn Lynch (Bennekerry Co. Carlow) have progressed into the Gold fleet for the top 52 competitors at the Laser World Championship in Japan that is a qualification event for next year's Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Posted on 7 Jul
Irish team at the Laser Men's Worlds day 1
Lynch off-form at start of Olympic qualifier in Japan Olympic veteran Finn Lynch did not get the start he had hoped for at the Laser World Championships in Japan earlier today. The event is the second qualification opportunity for the Tokyo Olympics next year. Posted on 4 Jul
Irish sailors ready for Olympic qualifier in Japan
The three-boat Irish squad was the first overseas team to become established at the venue Olympic veteran Finn Lynch leads Irish hopes at the start of the Laser World Championship that begins in Sakaiminato-City, Japan tomorrow morning (0800 - Irish time) with the stakes running high ahead of Japan 2020. Posted on 3 Jul
2018 All Ireland Junior Championship
Junior Champion of Champions held in Dun Laoghaire Congratulations to Atlee Kohl of RCYC who has won the 2018 Junior Irish Sailing All Ireland Sailing Championships in Dun Laoghaire. Posted on 2 Oct 2018
Tom Dolan in the running
For prestigious Irish Sailor of the Year award The nomination comes after Dolan, from Kells, County Meath, finished sixth overall in the iconic Mini Transat race, a 4,000-mile epic across the Atlantic alone in 21ft boats. Posted on 9 Dec 2017
All Ireland Sailing Championships
Baltimore's Fionn Lyden wins Fresh from winning bronze at the U23 Finn World Championships earlier this summer, Baltimore's Fionn Lyden has won the All Ireland Sailing Championships at Mullingar Sailing Club over the weekend. Posted on 9 Oct 2017
Watersports Inclusion Games
Mark Pollock launches event in Dun Laoghaire Mark Pollock, Commonwealth Medal Winner in Rowing, Round Ireland Sailor, Adventurer and Cure for Paralysis activist has launched the inaugural Watersports Inclusion Games, organised by the Irish Sailing Association. Posted on 15 Jun 2017
ISA Youth Pathway Nationals
And Optimist Trials 2017 at Ballyholme Ewan McMahon won the ISA Youth Pathways despite another difficult day in a light shifting south westerly on Belfast Lough. His earlier form in the championships allowed him to discard the higher of his two results today and comfortably win overall. Posted on 24 Apr 2017
RS Sailing 2019 - FooterSOUTHERN-SPARS-AGLAIA-SPARS_728X90 BottomZhik 2018 Hyeres 728x90 BOTTOM