In Russia, Gold Medal Wins You

In Russia, Gold Medal Wins You
By Alfredo Garcia Updated

Irish munckin Paddy Barnes triumphed today at the European Boxing Championships in Moscow with a 4-1 win over Armenian flyweight Elvin Mamishzade. This is Ireland's first gold medal at the championships since Paul Griffin in 1991.

Barnes was the star performer in a record haul of five medals for the Irish team. Paulstown middleweight Darren O' Neill lost his final 16-7 to hometown hero Artem Chebotarev. O' Neill waxed philosophical following the defeat; "'I fought in a European final. I'm in the top two in Europe. That's pretty good, isn't it?'. It certainly is, Darren.

Ken Egan, Tyrone McCullagh and Eric Dononvan all lost their semi finals yesterday, but this is still a great time for Irish boxing and should set them up for the Olympics in two years time.

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