There was disappointment for Rhys McClenaghan at the Olympic Games after an early dismount saw the Co Down gymnast finish seventh in the pommel horse final.
McClenaghan finished on a score of 13.100 to miss out on a medal in Tokyo.
The Newtownards 22-year-old had already made history by becoming the first Irish gymnast to reach an Olympic final.
But his medal hopes were dashed when he misplaced his hand and was forced to dismount early and restart his routine.
McClenaghan showed great character in returning to the pommel horse and completing the routine but he knew his Olympic dream was over.
Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan slips during his performance
Great Britain’s Max Whitlock defended his Olympic title by winning gold with a brilliant performance, finishing on a score of 15.583.
Whitlock went first with his sensational routine heaping pressure on his rivals.
Lee Chih-Kai finished with silver (15.400) with Kazuma Kaya winning bronze on 14.900.
BOXING : Lisburn boxer Kurt Walker missed out on a medal after losing his featherweight quarter-final in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Walker admitted he was “devastated” after losing out to American pro Duke Ragan.
The 26-year-old gave it everything and won the second and third rounds 3-2 with the judges.
Kurt Walker dejected as Duke Fagan wins
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But Ragan was fast out of the blocks and winning the first round 5-0 ultimately clinched the victory, preventing Walkers’ third win of the Games in eight days.
“I’m devastated but that’s boxing, 3-2, that’s the way it goes,” said Walker. “I’ve done well in this tournament and I’m proud of myself.
“I haven’t watched it back but I thought I was better in the second and third, but it was so close.
“He took the first, I know he took the first. He just let me go. I knew he was super fast so I wanted to see how much of his jab would get through but it didn’t. I knew I would be able to push the second and third but t was just a bit too late.”
GOLF : Rory McIlroy has set his sights on winning an Olympic medal in Paris after missing out on one in a remarkable seven-man play-off for bronze in Saitama.
Shane Lowry’s hopes of adding to Team Ireland’s medal tally faded quickly as he endured a rocky start and a double-bogey on 9 killed off his chances completely, and he finished tied for 22nd.
But McIlroy stayed in the hunt throughout a dramatic afternoon at the Kasumigaseki Country Club that saw Xander Schauffele of the US just pip Rory Sabbatini, the South African playing for Slovakia, his wife’s country, for the gold.
“It makes me even more determined going to Paris and trying to pick one up,” declared the Holywood man later.
“It’s disappointing, going away here without any hardware.
“I’ve been saying all day I’ve never tried so hard in my life to finish in third place.
“But it’s been a great experience. Today was a great day to be up in contention for a medal.
“It certainly had a different feeling to it, to what I expected. As I said, I’m looking forward to three years time trying to go at least one better but hopefully three better.”
ATHLETICS: Carmen’s Runners Eilish Flanagan set a new Northern Ireland record in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase in the early hours of this morning.
Debuting at the Games, Flanagan, coached by Damon Martin, ran a steady race in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase, which included a few extra hurdles, as she expertly side stepped a couple of competitors who took a tumble, before tucking in beside Poland’s Alicja Konieczek.
Battling the heat and humidity of a warm Tokyo morning Flanagan beat her own previous record of 9:40.68 by an impressive 6 seconds, setting a new time of 9:34.86 to finish in 12th place in Heat 3.
Her time does not qualify her through to the semi-finals, but showed her talent and is definitely a time to be proud of.