Ireland’s Finn Lynch (file pic). David Branigan/INPHO
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Finn Lynch secures Olympic qualifying spot for Ireland

The 27-year-old finished 23rd overall in the men’s dinghy class while claiming the 15th nation spot.

Updated at 17.52

FINN LYNCH has secured Ireland a qualifying spot for the 2024 Olympics at the World Championships in The Hague today.

The 27-year-old Carlow sailor, who has already represented Ireland at the 2016 Olympics, finished 23rd overall in the men’s dinghy class while claiming the 15th nation spot out of 16 available.

Lynch described qualifying Ireland for the Paris Games as a “monkey off my back” and will now focus on preparations for the Olympics and selection for the national squad.

“It is difficult to express the significance of Finn’s result but he can now add nation qualifying to his many achievements to date,” added James O’Callaghan, Irish Sailing’s Performance Director.  “As our senior athlete in the squad, he motivates and inspires our up-and-coming athletes with his leadership and perseverance.”

Meanwhile, there was double gold for Ireland at the 29er Europeans.

Ben O‘Shaughnessy and Ethan Spain were crowned the new 29er European champions, while in the equivalent female event, Lucia Cullen and Alana Twomey triumphed for the second consecutive year.

You can view the results in full here.

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