Thursday 15 November 2018

Mai-Gartland primed to tick gold off her list

Ireland’s Dearbhla Rooney from Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, against Roma Linda Martinez of USA during the Youth Olympics quarter-final. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Ireland’s Dearbhla Rooney from Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, against Roma Linda Martinez of USA during the Youth Olympics quarter-final. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

Five Irish boxers will battle for gold at today's European Men's and Women's Championships Junior finals in Anapa in Russia.

Ellie Mai-Gartland, Patrick Myers, Lisa O'Rourke, Sinainn Glynn and Lauren Dempsey upgraded their guaranteed bronze to at least silver on a day Ireland lost nine other semi-finals bouts.

"The entire squad boxed their hearts out against tough opposition and you can't ask any more of them on what was a very intense day for the squad here," said Anna Moore who is Irish team manager in Russia with Joe Hennigan.

Mai-Gartland, whose twin brother Jerome is also an Irish boxing champion, beat England's Sameenah Toussan yesterday.

She's coached at the Clonmel BC by Martin Fennessey who revealed that she has a list of targets for this year including a European title.

"She has the list at home and the gold is on it. She a very strong-willed girl and she's determined to go all the way in Russia," he said.

Meanwhile, Sligo flyweight Dean Clancy will meet England's Ivan Price for a place in the Youth Olympic 52kg final in Buenos Aires in a repeat of this year's European Youth final which Price won.

Leitrim featherweight Dearbhla Rooney faces Panpatchara Somnuek in the 57kg semi-final today in a rematch of their 2018 World Youth clash which the Thai won on a 3-2 split.

Clancy and Myers box after 5pm (Irish time) today looking to become the third and fourth Irish boxers besides current World pro champion Ryan Burnett (2010) and Ciara Ginty (2014) to reach an Olympic Youth final.

Irish Independent

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