There were eight places on offer for Tokyo Olympic next summer and Coyle placed fourth among those eligible for Olympic 2020 Games qualification, crossing the line 14 seconds ahead of the top-ranked unsuccessful qualifier in 14th. Then the horse riding went actually well and I just gave it everything in the Laser-Run. I cannot describe how happy I am.
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“I’m over the moon,” said Coyle. “The day pass away so well even though I was really nervous about qualification. I was a little rocky at the start of fencing but pulled it back in the middle.
Coyle had started the conclusive Laser-Run occasion in 4th place, only 11 seconds behind the leader and effectively third in the race for Tokyo Olympic as there were two Belarus athletes ahead of her. Natalya Coyle is within moving distance of her third Tokyo Olympic after qualifying for the women’s specific final at the European Modern Pentathlon Championships in Bath, England.
The two-time Olympian will be accompanied in the women’s final by team-mate Sive Brassil, meaning Ireland still has three athletes in with a chance of securing their Tokyo Olympic tickets. Coyle, who ended in the top 10 in London 2012 and Rio 2016, and Brassil will contest for one of eight women’s Tokyo Olympic qualification places.
The 3rd Irish athlete, Eilidh Prise, clear-fell short of the qualifying threshold with 982 points and won’t take part in the final of this year’s central showpiece, having ended 11th in 2018. Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe takes part in the men’s individual final tomorrow with the aim of also securing one of eight available places at Tokyo Olympic.