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Love Island’s Greg O’Shea is heading to the Olympics with the Irish Sevens side


by Megan Burns
21st Jun 2021

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After a dramatic win against France yesterday, the Irish men's Sevens side are heading to Tokyo this summer.

Greg O’Shea might be known amongst most as the 2019 winner of Love Island, but he will now be able to call himself an Olympian as the Irish Sevens side that he is a member of have qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. 

The team were playing against a much-favoured French side in the final of the Monaco Sevens tournament for the final place up for grabs in Olympics on Sunday evening. Early on, things seemed to be going the way of the French, who had a 12-7 lead at half time. 

However, the team came from behind to win 28-19, including an incredible try from winger Jordan Conroy. 

They will have just a few weeks to prepare for the games, which begin on July 23, and their sheer joy at qualification was evident from their reactions. 

The team joins an impressive list of Irish athletes who will be competing in Tokyo. The women’s hockey team will give us another team to cheer on. They play their first game against South Africa on July 25 at 21:15.

Marathon competitors Aoife Cooke and Fionnuala McCormack are also ones to watch, while Paul Pollock, Stephen Scullion, and Kevin Seaward will all be competing in the men’s competition.

All eyes will be on Ciara Mageean in the 1500m and the mixed relay team of Thomas Barr, Phil Healy, Sharlene Mawdsley and Chris O’Donnell. Thomas Barr will race in the 400m competition, and Michelle Finn has qualified for the 3000m.

Elsewhere, Nhat Nguyen will be competing in badminton, Liam Jegou has qualified for the canoe slalom, Jack Woolley is in the taekwondo competition, and boxer Brendan Irvine will also be competing in the games. Brendan Boyce and Alex Wright are Irish athletes to watch in the men’s 50km race walk.

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