Echo Sport in Review: May 2021
Sarah Torrans from Knocklyon netted for Ireland in Game Two of an uncapped series against Great Britain, strengthening her bid for a position on the team ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo (pic by Adrian Boehm)

Echo Sport in Review: May 2021

THE chase was on for our local Olympic hopefuls throughout May, with qualification heating up ahead of the delayed 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Knocklyon’s Sarah Torrans strengthened her bid for a spot in the Ireland senior hockey squad that was preparing for the European Championships and Tokyo with a superb score against Great Britain in a four-game series.

After a tremendous performance in Russia that saw her scoop silver in the K1 5000m at the ICF Senior Canoe Sprint World Cup, Lucan kayaker Jenny Egan was declared The Echo Sports Star of the Month for May.

Aoife Lynch of Donore Harriers and DSD athlete Kate Doherty played their part in Ireland securing its first ever podium finish at the World Athletics Relay Championships in Poland after the team won silver.

Kilnamanagh native Katie McCabe committed her future to Arsenal after penning a new long-term contract.

Sarah Quinn, Sophie Becker, Aoife Lynch and Kate Doherty finished second in the 4x200m final at the IAAF World Athletics Relay Championships in Silesia, Poland

Taking a leap into professional boxing, Crumlin BC’s William Hayden signed an agreement with renowned promoter Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions.

Shamrock Rovers broke the record of 30 League of Ireland games unbeaten when they got the better of St Patrick’s Athletic in a top-of-the-table clash at Richmond Park.

Tallaght’s Rhasidat Adeleke set another landmark by clocking 22.96 to break the Irish 200m record at the Big 12 Championships in Manhattan.

Meanwhile, Donore Harriers runner Louis O’Loughlin claimed gold in the 800m event at the Athletics Ireland Micro Meet.

Eleven-time national amateur champion and 2016 European Schoolboy gold medallist, William Hayden of Bohernabreena signed with boxing promoter Frank Warren

Shortly after retiring from Women’s Rugby, Hannah Tyrrell marked her return to the Dublin ladies football team in superb fashion, kicking 1-5 in their National League win over Waterford.

Good Counsel’s Emma O’Byrne described it as “an absolute honour” to captain Dublin in her own backyard against Offaly in the Division One National Camogie League.

Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington rolled back the years at the PGA Championship with a fourth place finish – his best at a major since 2012.

Days after announcing her retirement from international rugby, Clondalkin’s Hannah Tyrrell returned to the Dublin Senior Ladies Football team

Knocklyon’s Brendan Hyland and compatriots Shane Ryan, Darragh Green and Jack McMillan set a new Irish record of 3:34.62 in the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay at the European Championships in Budapest.

Templeogue Swim Club’s Ellen Walshe, in unison with Danielle Hill, Mona McSharry and Victoria Catterson – set a new Women’s 4×100 Medley record of 4:02.93, almost 10 seconds quicker than the previous one.

Pick up your edition of The Echo on Thursday, January 6, to read our full Sport Year in Review 2021.

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