Natalya Coyle will carry the Olympic torch

Updated: April 2, 2012

TEAM Ireland Equestrian’s 21 year-old Natalya Coyle will be one of three Trinity students who will carry the Olympic torch through Dublin on June 6th

Coyle, who is a Modern Pentathlete, and who has so far this year represented Ireland at two World Cups, is studying Business, Economics and Social Studies at Trinity and is on course to qualify for the pentathlon event at the London games. She is the currently the number 43 ranked pentathlete in the world.

Meath-born Coyle said tonight: “I’m really looking forward to this. I’ll know on May 31st whether I’ve definitely qualified for London or not, but I’ll be carrying the torch in any case, due to this selection.”

The students were selected as part of a programme organised by Olympic sponsor Samsung, and the other two from Trinity will be marathon runner Mark Kenneally and Áine Ní Choisdealbha, a first year scholar who was awarded the Trinity Gold Medal in 2011 for her outstanding results in her Psychology degree.

In total a group of 40 will carry the torch during its visit to Dublin on June 6th, along with Olympic medallist and chef de mission of the Irish Olympic team, Sonia O’Sullivan.

The route will take in Mountjoy Square, the Garden of Remembrance, O’Connell Street, Eden Quay, Customs House Quay and Sheriff Street, before crossing the Samuel Beckett Bridge.

It will proceed along Grand Canal Street, up Holles Street, through Mount Street and Merrion Square and on to Canal Road. It will return via Clanbrassil Street and Christ Street into Grafton Street, Nassau Street and Merrion Square, before ending up at the Mansion House in Dawson Street at midday, where there will be a ceremony involving all 40 runners who have been chosen to carry the torch.

Modern Pentathlon is made up of five disciplines – Running, Swimming, Shooting, Riding and Fencing.

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