Irish sailing duo Waddilove an...


Irish sailing duo Waddilove and Dickson qualify for Tokyo Olympics

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Sean Waddilove and Robert Dickson have qualified to represent Ireland in sailing at this summer's Tokyo Olympics. 

The Dublin-based duo secured their place in the 49er class with a race to spare at the qualifying event - the Lanzarote International Regatta.

Waddilove and Dickson's finish in the final fleet race meant they couldn't be caught in the competition for the final nation place at Tokyo 2020.

They'll join Annalise Murphy as part of Ireland's sailing crew in Japan in July.

Four years ago in Rio de Janeiro, Matt McGovern and Ryan Seaton represented Ireland in the 49er, placing 10th overall.

Seaton - along with Seafra Guilfoyle - placed 15th this morning and were unable to qualify the medal race.

Irish Sailing Performance Director James O'Callaghan said, "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.

"It’s a bitter sweet feeling for Ryan and Seafra, as they had hoped to win the nomination, but without these two boats working as a team Ireland would have had no chance securing the last available Olympic place.

"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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