President Mary McAleese passed on her congratulations to Paddy Barnes and Ken Egan this evening. OCI Chief Executive Stephen Martin said that he was delighted to pass on her regards to the boxers after their quarter final wins, assuring them of bronze medals.
Paul Hession was fifth in his semi-final of the men's 200m, with a time of 20.38, but it wasn't enough to take him through to the final.
David Gillick finished fourth in his heat in a time of 45.83 which meant he failed to make the next round. The heat was won by world champion Jeremy Warriner of the USA.
Derval O’Rourke failed to make it past the heats of the 100m hurdles finishing sixth while Michelle Carey also missed out on qualification in the 400m hurdles finishing seventh in her heat behind Britain’s Tasha Danvers in a time of 47.99.
Roisin McGettigan ran a season's best of 9:28.92 in finishing second in her heat of the 3000m steeplechase to qualify for the final. Fionnuala Britton ran a season's best time of 9:43.57 but failed to make the final.
Tim Goodbody took 15th in Race 8 in the Finn class to place 21st overall in the 2008 Olympics Sailing Regatta. Goodbody is the first of the Irish Sailors to complete their regatta.
Ireland's Denis Lynch incurred just one time fault in his opening Olympic round at Sha Tin, Hong Kong this afternoon (Friday), and will now go through to the next individual qualifier on Sunday.
Robert Heffernan finished a magnificent 8th in the final of the Mens 20k Walk in extremely hot and humid conditions in Beijing.
Minister for Sport, Martin Cullen met Irish Olympic Team members in the Olympic Village and spoke highly of the Olympic set up.
Darren Sutherland and Paddy Barnes make what coach Billy Walsh feels will be a dramatic entry into the tournament having been given byes earlier this week.