Two Irish Slalom Kayakers Have Qualified For Olympics Games


Canoeists Eoin Rheinisch And Hannah Craig have qualified for the Olimpics Games in London.

They both managed to secure Olympic canoe slalom qualifications at this weekend’s European Championships in Germany.

Hannah Craig and Eoin Rheinisch  were among six Irish competitors aiming for a place in London.

There action in Germany this weekend has claimed them the right to represent Ireland at London 2012.

Rheinisch, who first competed in the Olympics at Athens 2004 and also came fourth in the canoeing K-1 slalom final in Beijing 2008, achieving the highest position ever by an Irish competitor in the event.

He finished 12th at the European Canoe Slalom Championships in Augsburg in Germany today to take the first of two Olympic qualification places available to countries who had not already qualified.

Words from the man himself   A huge thank you to my family, friends, Ciara and everybody that has stayed behind me and supported me over the years. I am lucky enough to be able to say that today I qualified for my 3rd Olympic Games!!!!

Heres a clip of Eoin in Action from the world cup 2008




Hannah the Antrim woman finished 25th at the European Canoe Slalom Championships, the highest position occupied by a boat from a country not already qualified.

“I really love my sport and qualifying for the Olympics will give me the chance to raise the profile of what is a hugely exciting sport, I am proud I was able to perform on the day, and want to perform in London, not just be there.

Craig, who formed her own cothing company to help fund her sport, added: “I am proud to be an Irish athlete and cannot wait for the Games

Well done to both of them and we wish them the best of luck representing Ireland in the 2012 London Olympic Games

Check her out here at the Canoe Slalom World Championships 2011 Bratislava



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