It’s a proud day for Galway women Aifric Keogh and Fiona Murtagh as they have claimed the bronze medal in their Olympic rowing finals today.
The Women’s Four team of Keogh, Murtagh and teammates Eimear Lambe and Emily Hegarty finished with a time of 06:20.46 in the A Final, coming in third place.
They were competing against rowing teams from Great Britain, Australia, Netherlands, China and Poland.
They are the first open weight Irish crew and female athletes to win a medal for Ireland in Rowing at an Olympic games.
President of Ireland Michael D Higgins led tributes today, tweeting his congratulations to the four women on their win.
“My congratulations to Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty as they win Ireland’s first medal at #Tokyo2020, claiming a well-deserved bronze medal in the women’s four.”@TeamIreland @RowingIreland
— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) July 28, 2021
Our Olympic Medalists!
First female athletes to win an Olympic Medal in rowing for Ireland 🥉🥉🥉🥉
History has been made by this incredible crew 👏👏#wearerowingireland pic.twitter.com/QIsVMX09jE
— Rowing Ireland (@RowingIreland) July 28, 2021
Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan are also headed to the Men’s Double Sculls A Final tomorrow morning after finishing in first place at the semi-final today.
In the Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls, Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey will also be competing in the B Final tomorrow morning after finishing fifth today.