Ireland has qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic sailing regatta in the women's single-handed event, following the final two races at the Laser Radial World Championship this morning,

The berth was secured by Tipperary's Aisling Keller from the Lough Derg Yacht Club. She had her best day in the Gold fleet final series to finish 46th overall.

"This is a weight off my shoulders for sure, it’s probably the hardest regatta I’ve ever sailed," Keller said.

"To come in off the water, and know that it’s done and dusted is just amazing... (I’m) so happy."

Howth Yacht Club’s Aoife Hopkins placed 48th and both Irish sailors were inside the qualification criteria, with Keller taking the seventh of ten nation places decided at the championship.

Hopkins in action in Japan Olympic Qualifier

"It's been a really long road to this moment. We’ve been working for a year towards this event particularly and even longer towards Olympic qualification," said Hopkins.

"It’s really nice to come away with the outcome we wanted."

Denmark’s Anne-Marie Rindom won the world championship.

Rory Fitzpatrick, Irish Sailing's Head Coach, said that the team achieved their goal. 

"Qualification was something that had to happen so that ended up being the focus here at the end of the regatta.

"Next we go to the Olympic venue (at) Enoshima… now that we know we’re going to be there (at the Games) we’ve got to make the most of it."

The sailing venue for next year’s Olympic regatta will host a scheduled test series next month.