Slalom racer Liam Jegou has become the first athlete to be certain for Ireland’s team. Formerly from Ballyvaughan in County Clare, Jegou has already engraved his mark on the international stage. Winning silver at the 2014 World Junior Championships.

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The 24-year-old will contest in the C1 category at Tokyo’s Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre on July 26 and 27. Jegou will become the second Irish athlete to contest in the C1 canoe slalom event at the Olympics. With the only other actuality Mike Corcoran, who last contested at Atlanta 1996, the year in which Jegou was born. He has vowed to seize his opportunity at the Tokyo Olympic.

“Actuality an Olympian has always been one of my main dreams,” Jegou, who is based in France, supposed.

I underway training when I was 11 or 12. The past month has been implausible knowing that I am going to compete for Side Ireland in the Olympics. In my game the Olympics is everything, it’s what everyone works for in their game. There’s only one athlete per nation that gets to go and when you get to go you just want to give it. Most people only get to go to the Games once or twice in their lives. And I’m certainly not going to let the opportunity pass me by.

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Tricia Heberle, the Olympic Federation of Ireland’s Chef de Mission for Tokyo Olympic. It’s very exciting, this is our first athlete to be official as part of Team Ireland. The Olympic 2020 it’s great for the sport and great for Liam. There is a tremendous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to support sports.

It’s a real squad effort with our National Federations. The Game Ireland Institute, and a range of other support groups working together with the athletes as our priority. Liam has his own story and we are so content to be supporting. The next chapter in his journey as he prepares for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Jegou was chosen for the Tokyo Olympic slot after finishing on top of the three-race selection criteria. Which included last year’s World Championships in Spanish town La Seu d’Urgell. That was the incident in which Ireland fit the coveted Olympic berth politeness of Robert Hendrick, another able Irish racer.

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Ireland has a rich history in K1 canoe slalom, with Ian Wiley and Eoin Rheinisch opposing in the event. Three Olympic Games each among 1992 and 2012. Eadaoin Ní Challarain was the first Irish female canoe slalom racer. Opposing in the K1 at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, and Hannah Craig also raced in the event at London 2012.

This is the first official Team Ireland announcement for Tokyo Olympic. Many sports have ongoing selections and competitions, with further announcements expected more frequently in the coming months. The final announcement is scheduled for the beginning of July.

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