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Olympic diary: Hockey duo through to quarters while golf suspended and Kirsty Hegarty misses final

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David Ames (right of left pic) celebrates progression to the men's hockey quarter-finals with double goal-scorer Sam Ward while Rory McIlroy (top right) made a steady start to the men's golf and Kirsty Hegarty (bottom right) missed out on the women's trap individual final.

David Ames (right of left pic) celebrates progression to the men's hockey quarter-finals with double goal-scorer Sam Ward while Rory McIlroy (top right) made a steady start to the men's golf and Kirsty Hegarty (bottom right) missed out on the women's trap individual final.

David Ames (right of left pic) celebrates progression to the men's hockey quarter-finals with double goal-scorer Sam Ward while Rory McIlroy (top right) made a steady start to the men's golf and Kirsty Hegarty (bottom right) missed out on the women's trap individual final.

It has been a relatively quiet day for the Northern Irish competitors at the Olympics with only four in action.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Hockey: Cookstown duo help Team GB into quarter-finals

David Ames and Ian Sloan were jubilant after they helped Great Britain into the quarter-finals after a thrilling comeback from two goals down to secure a precious 2-2 hockey draw with the Netherlands in Tokyo.

Ames started and Sloan came off the bench as Team GB struggled to contain the European champions in the early stages and first-half goals from Thierry Brinkman and Jip Janssen left them staring down the barrel.

But attacking talisman Sam Ward bagged a late brace inside five minutes to complete the turnaround and book Team GB a place in the last eight.

"We rode the pressure first half, the Dutch are a great side and they played some good hockey. In the end there, fitness shone through," said Ward.

"It shows that some days you can just grind out the work rate. We're a bunch of very fit blokes and that's what shone through at the end.

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"Any result when you come back so late and on the back of a loss is massive. It was pretty tough to lose 5-1 to the Germans but we managed to go out there, put a performance in and do ourselves proud.

"It's the springboard we need to now push on."

Having secured two early wins over Canada and South Africa, who beat Germany 4-3 in an almighty shock in Pool A, Team GB take on world champions Belgium in their final pool game tomorrow at 1.15pm BST.

"We're building into a tournament, we've had two good results and a bit of a thumping," said Ward, who has now scored in three of his team's four group outings.

"Sometimes you need a bit of a slap in the face, we got what we deserved and probably needed that day. I'm proud of all the lads, they've been incredible.

"Tournament hockey's about momentum, if we can build on that tomorrow anything can happen."

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Golf: Play suspended as Rory McIlroy makes a steady start

Rory McIlroy and his Team Ireland partner Shane Lowry were on one under after 13 and level par after 12 holes respectively as play was suspended at the Tokyo Olympics golf tournament at 2pm local time, due to lightning in the area.

Players are currently awaiting news of when play can resume at Kasumigaseki County Club.

At the time, McIlroy was playing his 14th hole and was tied for 30th. An opening pair of birdies were followed by a bogey on the par 4 6th.

The four-time major champion then birdied the 11th but dropped another shot on 12 due to short-siding his approach shot and failing to get up and down.

Former Open champion Lowry’s tidy wedge play resulted in a birdie on the short par 4 2nd hole. However, a dropped shot on the 12th saw him fall back to level par.

Austria’s Sepp Straka set the opening day pace with a 63, eight under par, to sit two shots ahead of Belgium’s Thomas Pieters and Mexican Carlos Ortiz.

Shooting: Kirsty Hegarty misses out on final spot

Craigavon’s Kirsty Hegarty missed out on a place in the women’s trap final after a disappointing conclusion to her qualifying campaign overnight.

Competing for Team GB, Hegarty had been just a point off the crucial top six places with two rounds of shooting to go after Wednesday's opening session but scores of 22 and 23 on Thursday left her five points shy of progression to the final stage and in 16th place.

Hegarty will be back in action on Saturday at 1am alongside GB team-mate Matthew John Coward Holley in the Trap Mixed Team qualification round aiming to make it into the bronze or gold medal matches later that day.


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