Saturday 10 December 2016

Remember the 5-year-old boy who offered his school medal to Michael Conlan? He finally got his wish

Sasha Brady

Published 03/09/2016 | 13:02

Michael Conlon meets his biggest and most kind-hearted fan Finn McManus (5). Photo: Twitter
Michael Conlon meets his biggest and most kind-hearted fan Finn McManus (5). Photo: Twitter

The five-year-old boy who offered his school medal to Michael Conlon when the boxer was denied an Olympic medal by some controversial judging, finally got to give it to him in person.

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The Olympian appeared on the Late Late Show last night, along with the O'Donovan brothers and Annalise Murphy.

He spoke to Ryan about his move into professional boxing after his controversial Olympic defeat in his bantamweight quarter-final.

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His exit from the games in Rio sparked outrage and one particular fan, Finn McManus, wrote the athlete a letter and offered him his own school medal as consolation.

He told Conlon that "he is a winner" regardless of what happened at the Olympics.

And last night the pair finally got to meet and Belfast boxer took little Finn up on his offer and, in a show of true sportsmanship, presented the youngster with a pair of boxing gloves.

The pair met before the show went on air and posed for a photo together.

Finn looked chuffed to meet his hero and Conlon, no doubt, was delighted to meet his biggest (yet so tiny) fan.

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