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'I couldn’t walk around Dublin without people buying me a drink' - how a Cuban boxing coach helped Ireland to Olympic glory

The role Nicolás Cruz Hernandez played in Irish Boxing’s historic breakthrough has become a nearly-forgotten footnote

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Nicolás Hernandez Cruz revolutionised training

Nicolás Hernandez Cruz revolutionised training

Cruz and Carruth at homecoming from Barcelona

Cruz and Carruth at homecoming from Barcelona

Nicolás Hernandez in Irish team uniform

Nicolás Hernandez in Irish team uniform

Michael Carruth celebrates winning gold

Michael Carruth celebrates winning gold

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Nicolás Hernandez Cruz revolutionised training

Nicolás Cruz Hernández is the forgotten hero of Irish sport. Thirty years ago, he played a key role in one of the seminal events in Irish boxing.

At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, boxers Michael Carruth and Wayne McCullough made history by winning gold and silver medals within 40 minutes of each other.


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