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Olympic Breakfast: Murphy and Conlan chase medals, Barr and Dingley in semi-finals

By the end of the day, Ireland could have two more Olympic medallists as Annalise Murphy and Michael Conlan continue their quest for glory.

Annalise Murphy returns to shore after her race was called off Annalise Murphy has been forced to wait for her shot at glory. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

After yesterday’s sailing was postponed due to temperamental winds in Rio, Murphy is scheduled to take to the water at 5.05pm Irish time for her laser radial medal race.

The Dubliner currently sits in third position and if no racing is possible again today, she will take home the bronze.

Conlan, meanwhile, can guarantee himself a medal and deliver a much needed shot in the arm for Irish boxing after a disappointing Olympic Games so far for Zaur Antia’s squad.

The world champion will face off with Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin in the quarter-finals of the men’s bantamweight (56kg) division at 3.30pm.

Thomas Barr celebrates after his heat Thomas Barr celebrates after yesterday's heats. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Meanwhile, Thomas Barr is back on the track for his 400m hurdles semi-final (1.49am) and Oliver Dingley will hope to continue his good form in the 3m springboard diving from 2pm.

Tori Pena is the first Irish athlete in action on Tuesday as she gets her Olympic campaign underway in the women’s pole vault at 1.45pm while Greg Broderick and the two 49er crews are also in action.

Tori Pena is about to begin her Olympic campaign in the women's pole vault

Tori Pena is the first Irish athlete in action today. The 29-year-old is in Qualifying Group B of the women’s pole vault competition, which is just getting underway inside the Olympic Stadium.

The Californian-born athlete is competing at her second Games and will look to improve on her showing in London by advancing to the final. 12 to go through.

Greg Broderick and MHS Going Global are up in the Individual Showjumping

Greg Broderick is back in action this afternoon as he and Going Global compete in the second qualifier of the Individual Showjumping.

The 30-year-old is third up after advancing through Monday’s first qualifier in 53rd place.

Scores from the last round do carry forward and Broderick has eight faults to his name.

Oliver Dingley is back on the board for the 3m springboard semi-final

After safely advancing through the heats last night, Oliver Dingley is back on the board for today’s 3m springboard diving semi-final. The action has just got underway at the Aquatics Centre.

Oliver Dingley has work to do after his first dive

After his first dive, Oliver Dingley is 14th out of 18 divers with a score of 69.75. There are six rounds with the top 10 qualifying for tonight’s final.

Tori Pena clears the 4.3m mark

After missing the 4.3m mark at her first attempt, Tori Pena makes it second time around. Next up for her is 4.45m in the pole vault qualifying round with 4.6m guaranteeing her a place in the final.

Dingley's second dive is even better

Dingley scores a 73.10 on his second dive, although his entry could have been a bit better. Nonetheless, a solid start for him in the 3m springboard semi-final.

Oliver Dingley Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Oliver Dingley well-placed after third dive

Dingley was allowed another attempt on his third dive because an audience member screamed just before his dive. He is half way through his semi final.

Tori Pena knocks the pole twice at 4.45

Pena cleared 4.30, but failed to hit 4.45 in the ongoing pole vault qualifications.

Tori Pena is out of the women's pole vault

Pena failed to hit the 4.45 mark on her third and final attempt in qualification.

Greg Broderick is in trouble in the individual showjumping

The showjumper from Thurles has fallen to 10th place in the standings.

Oliver Dingley is in 12th position, with the top 12 making the final

The Irish diver has two dives left.

Ireland's final boxer, Michael Conlan, is about to take to the ring

Conlan will be taking on the Russian Vladimir Nikitin.

Oliver Dingley is in 10th position with one dive left

The top 12 after six dives will go into the Olympic final.

First round goes against Michael Conlan

The Belfast fighter is down on all three cards.

Oliver Dingley scores an impressive 73.10 in his final dive

Dingley is in a good position to qualify for the final. Now we wait.

Michael Conlan wins second round on all three cards

Conlan and Nikitin are level on the judges cards now with one round to go.

Michael Conlan has lost to Vladimir Nikitin in a shock decision

Conlan has bowed out of the Olympics. The judges awarded two rounds to Russian Nikitin.

Oliver Dingley has qualified for the Olympic diving final

Dingley has done enough to secure a place in the final of the men’s 3m springboard.

Annalise Murphy has started in the women's laser radial medal race

Murphy is going into the race in third place.

Annalise Murphy has made an excellent start and currently sits in silver medal position.

Annalise Murphy wins silver in women's laser radial

She finished fifth in the medal race and ahead of her Danish rival to move from bronze to silver medal position.

Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern have won race 12, the last race in the men’s 49er before the medal race. That followed a 19th place finish in race 10 and a 20th place finish in race 11. That means the pair have qualified for the medal race with an eighth place finish overall.

Saskia Tidey and Andrea Brewster finished 8th in race 10, 13th in race 11 and 12th in race 12. Unfortunately, they therefore narrowly miss out on the medal race of the 49er FX as they finished 12th overall. The top 10 boats advance to the medal race.

Oliver Dingley is about to start competing in the 3m springboard final

Action gets under way in the diving event at 10pm Irish time.

Oliver Dingley makes a steady start to the final. His first of six dives, a forward 3 1/2 somersault, earns him a respectable score of 74.40.

Dingley with another excellent dive in the second round. This time it’s at a difficulty of 3.4, his first dive was a 3.1, and he gets 81.60 for it.

Oliver Dingley is in fourth position after the second round of dives

The 23-year-old has made an excellent start to the final. Four rounds to go, can he sneak a medal?

Oliver Dingley has made a great start to the 3m springboard final. His third dive has earned him 76.50.

He’s just .2 of a point off bronze. Can he get yet another water-based medal in Rio?

Another good dive from Dingley, his fourth dive gets him 69.00 off a difficulty of 3.0. Genuine shout of a medal here.

Oliver Dingley has dropped to eighth after four of the six rounds. He has a 3.0 and 3.4 difficulty dives to come with many of his rivals opting more difficult dives.

Dingley scores 61.50 on his round five dive and a medal now looks out of his reach. That was another 3.0 difficulty dive and will likely see him slide further down the standings. Just one dive to go for the 23-year-old.

Oliver Dingley finishes 3m springboard diving final with score of 79.90 off 3.4 difficulty.

Oliver Dingley finishes eighth in 3m springboard diving final

It was an excellent result and a PB for the 23-year-old.

Gold went to China’s Cao Yuan. Team GB’s Jack Laugher took silver and bronze went to Patrick Hausding from Germany.

A great performance by Dingley, who surpassed his expectations in Rio.

A final reminder too that Thomas Barr runs in the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles at 1.49am.

Ireland's Thomas Barr is up very shortly in the Men's 400m hurdles

The Waterford native is aiming to qualify for the final.

Joy for Thomas Barr as he wins 400m hurdle semi-final

The Waterford native has set a new Irish record.

Difficult start for Leona Maguire in Rio as she cards opening round 74

Despite a birdie on the opening hole, Ireland’s Leona Maguire has finished her first round in the Women’s Olympic golf competition on three-over-par. The Cavan amateur carded a 74 this morning to currently lie in a tie for 47th.

Stephanie Meadow, meanwhile, is four-over-par through 12 holes at the Olympic Golf Course.

Leona Maguire Source: James Crombie/INPHO

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