Tuesday 30 May 2017

Ireland's record haul

In addition to winning a hat-trick of medals, Joe Ward secured his Olympic qualification which means that Ireland now have three boxers, Ward, Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan going to Rio
In addition to winning a hat-trick of medals, Joe Ward secured his Olympic qualification which means that Ireland now have three boxers, Ward, Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan going to Rio
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ireland's reward for winning three medals for the first time at the World Boxing Championships was their highest ever finish in the medal table.

Only Cuba (7), Russia (4) and Azerbaijan (4) finished ahead of Ireland.

Since the establishment of the High Performance Unit Ireland has shown consistent improvement. In 2009, when John Joe Nevin won a bronze, Ireland were joint 14th. Two years later when Nevin was again Ireland's only medallist they improved their rating to joint 12th.

In Almaty two years ago when Jason Quigley won silver and Joe Ward took the bronze, Ireland finished joint sixth and, having secured three medals on this occasion, Ireland finished an unprecedented fourth overall.

In addition to winning a hat-trick of medals, Joe Ward secured his Olympic qualification which means that Ireland now have three boxers, Ward, Paddy Barnes and newly-crowned world champion Michael Conlan going to Rio.

But there is still acute disappointment at the decision given against Michael O'Reilly in his box-off. Analysis by the IABA staff show that O'Reilly threw more scoring punches in each round than his Egyptian opponent.

Irish Independent

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