Irish rower Aifric Keogh believes that the women's four team can challenge for medals at the Tokyo Olympics, after they secured their place at the games over the weekend.

The Irish women's four team and the lightweight women's double team both qualified boats for the summer games at the Olympic qualification regatta in Lucerne at the weekend.

The quartet of Keogh, Emily Hegarty, Eimear Lambe and Fiona Murtagh produced a superb performance to win their final, finishing clear of China and Italy.

The lightweight women's double team of Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen also qualified and Ireland will now have a record six boats for the Olympics.

"It just means the world to be honest," Keogh said on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland. "We’ve waited so long for the opportunity to race again and to qualify and for it all go to plan and get those seats booked, it’s just a massive relief.

"At the start of the Olympiad the more realistic goal for us was to maybe qualify one women’s boat, outside of Sanita [Puspure] of course.

"As time went on and the competitive groups started to build and build, we started to think maybe we should aim for two and for both seatboats to qualify is just a dream really."

A complement of 13 Irish rowers in six crews will now travel to Tokyo, a huge increase of just Sanita Puspure at London 2012.

Keogh believes that this achievement is just reward for all the effort and dedication that the rowers have shown over the last four years.

"I think it’s just a lot of hard work. Seeing Sanita in London was amazing but it was kind of out of reach for me, I felt.

"I wasn’t down there training at the time and as Rio 2016 came I started to see people I grew up with; Gary and Paul [O’Donovan] and Claire [Lambe], they started to achieve Olympic success and that was when our generation started to believe it is achievable for us too."

Now that Keogh and her crew have secured their place in the event, her attentions are turning to exactly what they can achieve there and the 28-year-old is eyeing up a medal.

"I think at this stage we’re looking at medals.

"We just want to keep building on our success. We were delighted with our performance at the Europeans and we were so close to crews that are medalling on the world stage.

"So I think why not? Let’s just give it one last big push."