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European Championships – Fay and Sweeney move to within one win of a medal

Shannon Sweeney and Niamh Fay are one win away from a European Championships medal.

Both won through to the quarter-final stage of the prestigious contest with victories in Belgrade on Monday.

St Anne 50kg boxer, Sweeney produced a brilliant display to reach the last eight overcoming Geliusa Galieva in the prelims.

The Mayo boxer dominated from start to finish to score a unanimous decision win over the Russian, and a chance at a podium place. Judges scored the bout 30:27; 29:28; 30:27; 30:27; 30:27.

Fay also enjoyed success over Russian opposition. The Dublin bantamweight outpointed Karina Tazabekova to move to within touching distance of a medal. The European Youth gold medal winner was tested on occasion but recorded a well-deserved 4-1 win. The final scores: 30:27; 29:28; 30:27; 28:29; 29:28.

Double Olympian Michaela Walsh didn’t progress. The featherweight had the path to the quarter-finals blocked by France’s Sthelyne Grosy. The 5-0 decision went in the French boxer’s favour. Judges scored the bout 29:28; 29:28; 30:27; 29:28; 30:27.

Lisa O’Rourke, Aoife O’Rourke and Kellie Harrington were handed a quarter-final spot via the draw, while Adam Hession and Dean Clancy have won through to the same stage.

As a result Ireland now have seven fighters just nine minutes away from continental silverware.


50kg Shannon Sweeney, St. Anne’s BC, Mayo

54kg Niamh Fay, Phoenix of Ballyboughal BC, Dublin

57kg Michaela Walsh, Holy Family GG, Belfast

60kg Kellie Harrington, St. Mary’s BC, Tallaght, Dublin

66kg Lisa O’Rourke, Castlerea BC, Roscommon

75kg Aoife O’Rourke, Castlerea BC, Roscommon

51kg Rickey Nesbitt, Holy Family BC, Drogheda

57kg Adam Hession, Monivea BC, Galway

63.5kg Dean Clancy, Sean McDermott BC, Leitrim

71kg Eugene McKeever, Holy Family, Drogheda

92kg Jack Marley, Monkstown BC, Dublin

Draws are available here


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