Ireland at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Ireland is scheduled to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo from 24 July to 9 August 2020. It will be the nation's twenty-second appearance at the Summer Olympics, having attended in every edition, either in its own right or as part of a Great Britain and Ireland team before 1924, with the exception of the 1936 Summer Olympics in Nazi Germany.

Ireland at the
2020 Summer Olympics
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NOCOlympic Federation of Ireland
in Tokyo, Japan
Competitors43 in 10 sports
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Great Britain (1896–1920)



Ireland qualified one canoeist for the men's C-1 class by finishing in the top eleven at the 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in La Seu d'Urgell, Spain, marking the country's recurrence to the sport after an eight-year absence.[1]

Athlete Event Preliminary Semifinal Final
Run 1 Rank Run 2 Rank Best Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Liam Jegou Men's C-1



Ireland entered three riders to compete in the men's Olympic road race, by virtue of their top 50 national finish (for men) in the UCI World Ranking.[2]

Athlete Event Time Rank
  Men's road race
Men's time trial
  Men's road race


Irish equestrians qualified a full squad in both the team dressage and eventing competitions; the former by securing the second of three available berths for Group A and B at the European Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and the latter by finishing among the top six nations at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, United States.[3][4] A team of jumping riders was added to the Irish equestrian squad by winning the gold medal at the FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain.[5] Tokyo 2020 will be the first time that Ireland has been represented in an Olympic team dressage competition.[6]


Athlete Horse Event Grand Prix Grand Prix Special Grand Prix Freestyle Overall
Score Rank Score Rank Technical Artistic Score Rank
    Individual N/A
See above Team N/A

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualifed for the final; q = Qualifed for the final as a lucky loser


Athlete Horse Event Dressage Cross-country Jumping Total
Qualifier Final
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
See above Team N/A


Athlete Horse Event Qualification Final Total
Penalties Rank Penalties Rank Penalties Rank
See above Team

Field hockeyEdit



Team Event Group Stage Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Rank Opposition
Ireland women's Women's tournament

Women's tournamentEdit

Ireland women's national field hockey team qualified for the Olympics by securing one of the seven team berths available from the 2019 Women's FIH Olympic Qualifiers, defeating Canada 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out, having drawn 0-0 on aggregate over a two-match playoff in Dublin. This will be the first time Ireland compete in women's field hockey at the Olympics.[7]

Team roster
  • Women's team event – 1 team of 16 players
Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Quarter-finals
2   Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Great Britain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4   Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5   India 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6   South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 25 July 2020. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) matches won; 3) goal difference; 4) goals for; 5) head-to-head result; 6) field goals scored.
25 July 2020 (2020-07-25)
Ireland   v   South Africa

27 July 2020 (2020-07-27)
Netherlands   v   Ireland

29 July 2020 (2020-07-29)
Germany   v   Ireland

31 July 2020 (2020-07-31)
Ireland   v   India

1 August 2020 (2020-08-01)
Ireland   v   Great Britain



Ireland entered one artistic gymnast into the Olympic competition. Belfast-born native Rhys McClenaghan secured one of the two spots available for individual-based gymnasts, neither part of the team nor qualified through the all-around, at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.[8][9]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
Rhys McClenaghan Pommel horse N/A N/A N/A N/A

Modern pentathlonEdit

Irish athletes qualified for the following spots to compete in modern pentathlon. Two-time Olympian Natalya Coyle secured her selection in the women's event with an eighth-place finish and fourth among those eligible for Olympic qualification at the 2019 European Championships in Bath, England.[10]

Athlete Event Fencing
(épée one touch)
(200 m freestyle)
(show jumping)
Combined: shooting/running
(10 m air pistol)/(3200 m)
Total points Final rank
RR BR Rank MP points Time Rank MP points Penalties Rank MP points Time Rank MP Points
Natalya Coyle Women's


Ireland qualified four boats for each of the following rowing classes into the Olympic regatta, with the majority of crews confirming Olympic places for their boats at the 2019 FISA World Championships in Ottensheim, Austria.[11][12]

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Men's double sculls N/A
Men's lightweight double sculls N/A
Women's single sculls
Women's pair N/A

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage


Irish sailors qualified one boat in each of the following classes through the class-associated World Championships, and the continental regattas.[13]

Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Women's Laser Radial

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race


Irish swimmers further achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):[14][15]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Darragh Greene Men's 100 m breaststroke
Men's 200 m breaststroke
Shane Ryan Men's 100 m backstroke


Ireland enter one athlete into the taekwondo competition for the first time at the Games. With the Grand Slam winner already qualified through the WT Olympic Rankings, the automatic quota associated with the winner defaulted to the Olympic rankings list, from which the first five taekwondo practitioners had already won quota places. As the next highest-ranked eligible taekwondo practitioner, 2019 European silver medalist Jack Woolley thereby secured Ireland's first ever Olympic quota pace, in the men's flyweight category (58 kg), .[16]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Jack Woolley Men's −58 kg


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