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Olympic Breakfast: Kenneally and Coyle last up in London

Get your fill of the Olympics today as you won’t get another chance.

Mark Kenneally.
Mark Kenneally.
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FOR THE VERY last time, we bring you all of the info you need to make sure you don’t miss a second of Olympic gold.

16 memorable days later and London 2012 is drawing to a close. With one gold, one silver and three bronze medals in the bag, Team Ireland has had it’s most successful Olympics in nearly 60 years by equaling the haul of Delany, Tiedt, Caldwell, Gilroy and Byrne at Melbourne 1956.

The country’s final two athletes of the 66-strong team set to fly the flag are marathon runner Mark Kenneally and pentathlete Natalya Coyle.

Also on the cards today are medal events in basketball,  boxing, mountain biking, handball, wrestling and more.

Top of the bill


After looking unstoppable in the competition so far, the star-studded Team USA face Spain in the men’s basketball final with gold in their sights in a repeat of the Beijing final four years ago. James, Bryant and co are on show against Pau Gasol’s Spain at the North Greenwich Arena from 3pm.


Billy Walsh’s team may have hung up their London 2012 gloves but there are five men’s boxing finals to be decided this afternoon. First up, Michael Conlan’s conquerer, the lightning quick 18-year-old Cuban fighter Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana meets Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia in the flyweight division at the ExCel Arena.


Sweden face France in the men’s handball gold medal match at 3pm.

Who’s flying the flag?

Kildare native Mark Kenneally is out in the men’s marathon final at 11am this morning. Those who watched RTE’s London’s Calling will have witnessed the 31-year-old’s journey to become Ireland’s only representative in this event after his transition from a middle-distance and cross-country athlete to a marathon runner.

I’m in good shape and I have to treat it as if it’s the best chance I’m ever going to have but history would say that, particularly with European athletes, it’s mid- to late-30s before you see the best out of yourself at marathon distance,” he told TheScore back in June.

After Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe did Ireland proud by finishing 25th in the men’s event yesterday, Natalya Coyle competes in the women’s modern pentathlon from 8am, when she begins the fencing against Soo Jin Yang of South Korea. She will then partake in the swimming, riding and combined event throughout the day.

Do not miss…

The closing ceremony

If you couldn’t get enough of the spectacular curtain raiser (and fancy a laugh at the Spice Girls on top of taxi cabs) the London 2012 closing ceremony starts at 9pm tonight. Be warned, however, that Danny Boyle had no part to play this time.

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