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Donnelly secures Olympic spot

Published 03/12/2015 | 02:30

Steven Donnelly has secured a place in the 69kg category at the 31st Olympiad
Steven Donnelly has secured a place in the 69kg category at the 31st Olympiad

Ballymena welterweight Steven Donnelly has become the fourth Irish boxer to qualify for the Rio Olympics next August.

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The Olympic Council of Ireland has confirmed to the Irish Amateur Boxing Association that Donnelly has secured a place in the 69kg category at the 31st Olympiad.

"We are absolutely delighted for Steven and for his club. Steven performed magnificently last season and he won his place on merit," said IABA President Pat Ryan. IABA chief executive Fergal Carruth confirmed that they have received confirmation that Donnelly has been offered a quota place for the Olympics. "This is fantastic news for our sport," said Carruth. Donnelly now joins his fellow Ulster boxers Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes together with Joe Ward in the Ireland team for the Rio Games.

Elsewhere, Wladimir Klitschko says the desire to prove a point is behind his decision to take up his option on a rematch against new world heavyweight champ Tyson Fury with the bout potentially taking place in Wembley next year.

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