Impressive Ireland finish 7th on European medals table


The 2017 European Schoolboy Championships in Valcea concluded today, and Ireland finished with a fantastic tally of ten medals.

The 30-nation tournament in Romania concluded today and Ireland will bring home ten medals, coming seventh in the table, second in the medal rankings, and fourth in the points rankings.

Patrick Sweeney and Patrick Donovan, both of the Olympic BC, and Eoghan Lavin, who boxes out of the Ballyhaunis BC, had to settle for three silver medals after top performances from the Irish trio, with all three unlucky to lose against top Russian opposition.

Yesterday Jake Charles, Sean Whelan, Brooklyn Saunders Jordan Ward, John Ward, Cahir Gormley and Cain Lewis claimed bronze – with Lewis winning his second European bronze following a podium finish last year in Croatia.

Overall, Team Ireland won three silver and seven bronze and once again represented their nation with pride and distinction against some of the top young boxers in the world.

Ireland won 23 bouts, lost 19, and picked up 26 rankings points. Nineteen boxers from these shores competed across the twenty weights.

The squad are due to arrive home at 11.45am via Dublin Airport tomorrow morning, Wednesday July 26th.

Irish boxing has now won 89 medals at this level since the inaugural European Schoolboy Championships in Rome in 2003.

European Schoolboy Championships – Medals Table
1 RUSSIA – 13 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze
2 UKRAINE – 2 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze
3 ENGLAND – 2 gold, 2 silver 2 bronze
4 BULGARIA – 1 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze
5 ROMANIA – 1 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze
6 ARMENIA – 1 gold, 3 bronze
7 IRELAND – 3 silver, 7 bronze
8 BELARUS – 2 silver, 1 bronze
8 CROATIA – 2 silver, 1 bronze
10 HUNGARY – 1 silver, 1 bronze
11 GEORGIA – 1 silver, 1 bronze
11 GERMANY – 1 silver, 1 bronze
13 TURKEY – 7 bronze
14 DENMARK – 1 bronze
14 ISRAEL – 1 bronze
14 MOLDOVA – 1 bronze
14 SCOTLAND – 1 bronze

European Schoolboy Championships – Medal Rankings Table
1 RUSSIA – 13 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze
2 IRELAND – 3 silver, 7 bronze
3 UKRAINE – 2 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze
4 BULGARIA – 1 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze
5 ROMANIA – 1 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze
6 TURKEY – 7 bronze
7 ENGLAND – 2 gold, 2 silver 2 bronze
8 ARMENIA – 1 gold, 3 bronze
9 BELARUS – 2 silver, 1 bronze
9 CROATIA – 2 silver, 1 bronze
11 HUNGARY – 1 silver, 1 bronze
11 GEORGIA – 1 silver, 1 bronze
11 GERMANY – 1 silver, 1 bronze
14 DENMARK – 1 bronze
14 ISRAEL – 1 bronze
14 MOLDOVA – 1 bronze
14 SCOTLAND – 1 bronze

European Schoolboy Championships – Points Rankings Table
1 RUSSIA – 98
2 UKRAINE – 29
3 ENGLAND – 27
4 IRELAND – 26
5 BULGARIA – 24
6 TURKEY – 16
7 ROMANIA – 15
8 ARMENIA – 13
9 BELARUS – 11
10 GEORGIA – 9
11 HUNGARY – 8
12 CROATIA – 7
13 GERMANY – 6
13 ITALY – 6
15 MOLDOVA – 5
16 ISRAEL – 4
16 SCOTLAND – 4
18 DENMARK – 2
19 LATVIA – 2
19 LITHUANIA – 2
19 SERBIA – 2
22 POLAND – 2
23 CYPRUS – 0
23 CZECH REPUBLIC – 0
23 ESTONIA – 0
23 MONTENEGRO – 0
23 PORTUGAL – 0
23 SLOVENIA – 0
23 SLOVAKIA – 0

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie