Friday 21 September 2018

No gold for Irish boxers

Left to right Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh (silver) shares a joke with Australia's Skye Nicolson (gold) during the medal presentation ceremony after the Woman's Feather (54-57kg) final. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA
Left to right Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh (silver) shares a joke with Australia's Skye Nicolson (gold) during the medal presentation ceremony after the Woman's Feather (54-57kg) final. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA

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The gold medal bouts at the Commonwealth Games in Australia yesterday yielded a bitter harvest for the six Northern Ireland boxers who were all beaten, writes Sean McGoldrick. Still, they bring home a healthy haul of six silver and two bronze medals from the 2018 Games.

For siblings Michaela and Aidan Walsh, as well as Olympian Brendan Irvine, European bronze medallist Kurt Walker, Carly McNaul and Kristina O'Hara, there was something to celebrate - they had already won silver medals. Defeated semi-finalists Steven Donnelly (middle) and James McGivern (light) secured bronze medals earlier.

The finals were split into two sessions and 22-year-old west Belfast light flyweight O'Hara was the first in action. She faced an uphill battle against India's Mary Kom. All five judges gave the nod to the veteran Kom (30-27) as she secured a unanimous points victory.

Flyweight McNaul was on the wrong end of a unanimous 5-0 points decision against England's Lisa Whiteside. In the men's flyweight final, Rio Olympian Irvine lost on a majority 4-1 decision to Gaurav Solanki from India.

In the evening session, Michaela Walsh went down by the narrowest of margins to local Skye Nicolson in the featherweight decider. Three of the judges give Nicolson the nod by 29-28 whereas the other two ringside officials favoured Walsh by the same score while bantamweight Walker went down on a 4-1 decision to England's Peter McGrail.

Michaela Walsh's younger brother Aidan was Northern Ireland's final boxer in action in the welterweight final against English fighter Pat McCormack. The judges all opted for McCormack, even though three of them only gave him the nod by a single point (29-28).

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