Limerick’s Sarah Lavin kicks off her Olympic campaign on busy Saturday for Team Ireland

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Limerick hurdler Sarah Lavin Photo cred: https://www.instagram.com/sarahlavin_/

THERE’S plenty of Irish action at the Tokyo Olympics over the next 24 hours with Limerick’s Sarah Lavin kicking off her campaign in the 100m Hurdles.

As the track and field starts today, Ireland currently have one gold and a bronze medal and there’s lots of hope in the golf too.

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At the halfway stage, Rory McIlroy & Shane Lowry both sit in seventh place on -7.

A big weekend ahead to catch Xander Schauffele on -11 for the gold medal.

RTÉ2 coverage starts at 01:05 and runs all the way until 15:30.

Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Saturday

00:00 | Sarah Ennis, Sam Watson & Austin O’Connor // Eventing

00:25 | Rory McIlroy & Shane Lowry // The men’s golf passes its halfway stage in the early hours with the two Irishmen still very much in with a medal shout. McIlroy teeing off at 00:25 and Lowry at 00:41.

00:05 | Robert Dickson & Sean Waddilove // The two sailors are in Enoshima for races 9-12 at 00:05, 00:55 and 01:50.

02:22 | Mark English // Heat five 800m – The European 800 metre medallist arrives on the big stage attempting to achieve his dream by reaching Sunday’s semi-final. The 28-year-old Letterkenny native knows that it’ll take a time close to his PB of 1 min 44.71 secs to advance from the heat.

02:53 | Sarah Lavin // 100m Hurdles – The 27-year-old from Emerald Athletic Club in Limerick has been in flying form this year and she’ll look to maintain her form on the biggest stage with the help of coach Noelle Morrissey. Last month, Lavin became only the second Irish woman to ever break the 13 second barrier in the 100m Hurdles at the World Athletics Continental Tour silver meeting in Madrid. Lavin is ranked #43 in the world and is in the second heat of the night. Also in the same race is world #2, Karrison Hendra of USA.

Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

12:45 | Hockey // Ireland v Great Britain. It’s all to play for in the last game of Pool A in the hockey. Ireland currently sit in fourth place which would be enough to see them advance to the quarter finals but India are just below on goal difference before their game against last placed South Africa. Sean Dancer’s side will have to be on the top of their game for this clash.

13:35 | Relay // The Irish 4 x 400m relay team did well to get to the final of this event. Cillian Greene, Phil Healy, Sophie Becker and Chris O’Donnell set a new national record of 3:12.18 with a sensational performance in the first heat in Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium to earn themselves a spot in the final.

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