Ireland will be taking home at least five bronze medals from the 39th Chemistry Cup following five quarter-final wins in Halle, Germany today.
London 2012 Olympian Michael Conlan, David Oliver Joyce, Paddy Barnes, Adam Nolan and Joe Ward progressed to Friday’s semi-finals.
Ward, the current European champion, recorded an emphatic 20-9 decision over Elshod Rasulov of Uzbekistan, a gold medal winner at the 2006 Asian Games and a Beijing Olympian.
Conlan got Ireland off to a winning start with 16-10 decision over Turkish flyweight Erdal Inanci, while Joyce came from behind to edge out Germany’s Arthur Brill on a countback following a 16-16 tie.
Nolan posted an impressive 18-12 verdict over Turkish welterweight Koeroglu Abdulkadir, and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and 2010 European champion Paddy Barnes outclassed China’s Zhonglin Wu 20-12.
London 2012 Olympian Darren O’Neill, Steven Ward and Con Sheehan bowed out at the quarter-final stage today.
Sheehan lost out by a five-point margin to Chinese super-heavyweight Zhilie Zhang, a silver medal winner at the Beijing Olympics.
Kilkenny middleweight O’Neill dropped a 14-9 decision to Danabek Suzhanov of Kazakhstan and Ward was beaten by Chinese heavyweight Xuanxuan Wang.
The semi-finals will be decided tomorrow over two sessions. The finals of the 20-nation tournament will be held Saturday.
39th Chemistry Cup Halle, Germany March 14th/18th
(no countback scores available)
March 14th Preliminaries
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Ireland) beat Andrei Juratoni (Romania) 16-13
64Kg: Ross Hickey (Ireland) lost to Artem Harutyunyan (Germany) 9-21
69Kg: Adam Nolan (Ireland) beat Vasili Belous (Moldova) 10-9
81Kg: Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Victor Cotujanskii (Moldova) 14-5
March 15th Q/Finals
52Kg: Michael Conlan (Ireland) beat Erdal Inanci (Turkey) 16-10
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Artur Brill (Germany) 16-16 c/b
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Ireland) lost to Danabek Suzhanov (Kazakhstan) 9-14
49Kg: Paddy Barnes (Ireland) beat Zhonglin Wu (China) 20-12
69Kg: Adam Nolan (Ireland) beat Koeroglu Abdulkadir (Turkey) 18-12
91Kg: Steven Ward (Ireland) lost to Xuanxuan Wang (China) 9-16
81Kg: Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Elshod Rasulov (Uzbekistan) 20-9
91+Kg: Con Sheehan (Ireland) lost to Zhilie Zhang (China) 9-14
49Kg: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)
52Kg: Michael Conlan (St John Bosco)
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
64Kg: Ross Hickey (Grangecon)
69Kg: Adam Nolan (Bray)
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
81Kg: Joe Ward (Moate)
91Kg: Steven Ward (Monkstown, Antrim)
91+Kg: Con Sheehan (Clonmel)