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Who'll fly the flag in London? 8 of Ireland's Olympic hopefuls

With 12 months to go until the London Games, we look at some of the Irish athletes who could challenge for podium honours.

THE COUNTDOWN TO the London Olympic Games reached a milestone on Wednesday, with less than a year now remaining until the opening ceremony on 27 July 2012.

For Ireland’s medal hopefuls, the next twelve months will be all about fine-tuning their preparations and — in most cases — securing qualification and a place in the national Olympic squad.

We take a look at eight of the athletes, some better known than others, who have every chance of claiming podium honours in London next summer.

Who'll fly the flag in London? 8 of Ireland's Olympic hopefuls
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  • Annalise Murphy (Sailing)

    Source: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images
  • Katie Taylor (Boxing)

    Source: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • Joe Ward (Boxing)

    Source: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • Paddy Barnes (Boxing)

    Source: ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye.com
  • Derval O'Rourke (Athletics)

    Source: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy
  • Nicolas Roche (Cycling)

    Source: ©INPHO/Gerry McManus
  • Rob Heffernan (Athletics)

    Source: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy
  • Gráinne Murphy (Swimming)

    Source: ©INPHO/Andrea Staccioli

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