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US Media Predicts How Many Medals Ireland Will Win At The Olympics

US Media Predicts How Many Medals Ireland Will Win At The Olympics
By PJ Browne
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We're just four days away from the opening ceremony in Rio.

Olympic fever is about to hit.

Four years ago, the Irish team arrived home with six medals - the boxing team carrying the majority of them. That is not expected to change this time around.

The Associated Press have compiled their predictions for the games and it shows Ireland winning four medals - all of them in the ring.

In summation, they have Katie Taylor winning gold, Paddy Barnes silver and bronze for both Michael Conlan and Joe Ward.

Light flyweight (49 kg)

Gold: Vasily Egorov, Russia


Silver: Paddy Barnes, Ireland

Bronze: Joahnys Argilagos, Cuba; Birzhan Zhakypov, Kazakhstan

Bantamweight (56 kg)


Gold: Robeisy Ramirez, Cuba

Silver: Shakur Stevenson, United States


Bronze: Michael Conlan, Ireland; Vladimir Nikitin, Russia


Light heavyweight (81 kg)

Gold: Julio Cesar La Cruz, Cuba

Silver: Teymur Mammadov, Azerbaijan


Bronze: Joe Ward, Ireland; Hassan N'Dam, Cameroon

Lightweight (60 kg)

Gold: Katie Taylor, Ireland


Silver: Yana Alekseevna, Azerbaijan

Bronze: Anastasia Belyakova, Russia; Estelle Mossely, France

The latest edition of Sports Illustrated has a more optimistic outlook for Ireland - they have us bringing home six medals.


Again, it's going to be gold for Katie Talyor - and also Michael Conlan. They have also labeled the pair as two 'Athletes to watch' at the games.

They say that Joe Ward will win silver, as will middleweight Michael O'Reilly.

It's going to be history for Paddy Barnes, according to SI, they say the Belfast boxer will win bronze. It will the first time ever an Irish Olympian has won medals at three successive games.

Also, SI predict success for Ireland outside of the ring. They predict Padraig Harrington will win bronze on the golf course. Given his promising form at the PGA Championship over the weekend, it's certainly a possibility.

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