Bennekerry’s Finn Lynch has qualified for the 2024 Games in Paris following the Men’s single-handed event at the Allianz Sailing World Championships in The Netherlands at weekend
The Carlow sailor was rewarded with a place at next summers Olympic Games after he had secured a 23rd finish overall and 15th by nation, having finished 19th of eighty in race nine and 38th in race ten, he thought he had failed in his bid to qualify until he got ashore to be told the good news by his team.
Finn was the youngest competitor to take part in the laser class but he failed to make the the Tokyo games in 2020. In 2021 the Carlow man was on the podium at the World Championships as he claimed the silver medal. The Laser class or ILCA 7 is a popular one-design class of single-handed sailing dinghy which Lynch is now ranked the fifth in the world in the event.
“It is difficult to express the significance of Finn’s result but he can now add nation qualifying to his many achievements to date,” said 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.”