Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove have qualified Ireland for the Tokyo Games after a thrilling final fleet race at the 49er Olympic Qualifier in Lanzarote on Friday.
The Belgian crew were a threat but sixth place for Dickson (Howth Yacht Club) and Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club) was enough to earn the Irish boat a higher overall standing.
With a race to spare, they have sealed the final nation place at Tokyo.
The medal race will be sailed this afternoon at 1.30pm where Dickson and Waddilove could regain their third overall placing in the regatta. Their primary objective has been achieved however. It's the second boat to be qualified for the summer Games after Annalise Murphy achieved the feat in the Laser Radial class.
Ireland's other team of double Olympic veteran Ryan Seaton (Ballyholme YC) and Seafra Guilfoyle (Royal Cork YC) placed 15th this morning and were unable to qualify for the medal race along with three Italian contenders.
"The whole team have all worked really hard preparing for the Tokyo Olympics and qualifying today is a really important step, and a milestone for Rob and Sean," said Irish Sailing Performance Directed James O'Callaghan.
"It’s a bittersweet feeling for Ryan and Seafra, as they had hoped to win the nomination, but without these two boats working as a team, Ireland would have had no chance securing the last available Olympic place.
"Qualification has given the whole team a lift and it's some good news for our fantastic support base at home in Ireland."