Tokyo Olympics: Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry in medal contention going into final round

Rory McIlroy
McIlroy is three shots behind leader Xander Schauffele

Rory McIlroy is three shots off the lead and in firm medal contention going into the final round of the men's golf tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.

The world number 13 shot a four-under 67 to move to 11 under for the tournament, three behind leader Xander Schauffele.

McIlroy's Ireland team-mate Shane Lowry also remains in the hunt on 10 under after a 68 on Saturday left him in a tie for ninth.

One stroke ahead, McIlroy is in a four-way tie for fifth having carded six birdies and two bogeys in his third round.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Donegal's Mark English missed out on a semi-final berth in the men's 800m after finishing fourth in his heat.

The Finn Valley AC man ran 1:46.75 to fall short of a top three place, that would have sent him through to the next round, by 0.16 seconds.

English's time was over two seconds slower than the Irish record he clocked in Castellon in June to book his place in Tokyo.

A day on from setting a new national record in the semi-final, Ireland's 4x400m mixed relay team of Sophie Becker, Phil Healy, Cillin Greene and Christopher O'Donnell clocked 3:15.04, the second fastest time from a senior Ireland team, to finish eighth in the final.

Sarah Lavin finished seventh in her 100m hurdles heat.

With a time of 13.16, she missed out on the top four finish required to guarantee a place in Saturday's semi-finals.

Mark English
English's time was over two seconds slower than the Irish record he set last month

There was disappointment for shooter Kirsty Hegarty and Great Britain team-mate Matthew Coward-Holley in mixed team trap qualifying.

The duo shot 143 of 150 to finish 10th, with Spain and San Marino each shooting 148 to advance to the final as Slovakia and the USA qualified for the bronze medal match.

Despite finishing first in the 12th and final race, sailors Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove missed out on the top 10 overall finish required to advance to the medal race in the 49er class.

The duo finished third and 17th in races 10 and 11 earlier on Saturday in a strong showing.

In the eventing dressage Sarah Ennis and Woodcourt Garrison scored 38.10 to finish 50th.

Later on Saturday, Ireland's women's hockey team know they need to beat Great Britain in their final group match, beginning at 12:45 BST, if they are to reach the quarter-finals after India claimed a 4-3 win over South Africa.

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