D.O.B: 9 July 1992
Event: Rowing Four
Club: UCC Rowing Club
Olympics: Tokyo 2020
Aifric Keogh is a member of the Irish rowing team and will be competing in the Four alongside Eimear Lambe, Emily Hegarty and Fiona Murtagh. Keogh started rowing in 2006 and is a member of UCC Rowing Club.
Keogh competed in the Pair prior to the Four and in 2018, herself and Emily Hegarty made Irish rowing history as they become the first Irish women’s pair to qualify for an A final at the World Rowing Championships. They subsequently went on to finish 6th overall.
In 2019 after illness threatened to cut her rowing career short, Keogh joined the newly put together Four where they finished fourth in the B Final of the World Championships in Linz-Ottensheim – missing out on automatic Olympic qualification by two places. Since then different combinations were trialled and the present crew stuck.
2020 was a breakthrough year for the Four as they won bronze at the European Rowing Championships in Poznan. This was their first A Final as a crew. A year later the Four went on to better that result as they came home from the 2021 European Rowing Championships in Varese with silver.
In May, Keogh knocked 13 seconds off the world indoor record on the ergometer. She set a new world record of hour 18 minutes 59.9 seconds in the age 20 to 29 category for the rowing half-marathon.
With all eyes on the final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne and just two Olympic places available, the Four realised their Tokyo dreams as they powered home to take victory.