Irish in action today

August 10, 2012

Canoe Sprint: Andrzej Jezierski finished second in heat 1 of the canoe sprint this morning in 41.404. France’s Mathieu Goubel won the heat in 41.248

However, the semi-final didn’t go according to plan for Jezierski. The Polish-born Corkonian came home fourth in his semi, meaning he misses out on a place in the A final, and must settle for a place in the B final.

Boxing: Paddy Barnes lost his light flyweight semi-final bout against China’s Zou Shiming on a countback.

With the fight level at 15-15 at the end of round three, the countback scored the fight at 45-44 to the Chinese fighter.

The round scores were: 8-5; 3-3, 4-7.

Boxing: John Joe Nevin reached the Olympic bantamweight final following a 19-14 victory over Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez Estrada in the semi-finals at the ExCel Arena.

Nevin defeated the world champion Alvarez with skill and poise and led from the start. The round scores in the battle were 5-3; 7-6; 7-5. And Nevin had the confidence to dance the dance in the last few seconds, safe in the knowledge that he had done enough.

Athletics: Controversy surrounded the naming of the women’s 4×400 relay team following the de-selection and reinstatement of Caitríona Cuddihy ahead of the Olympics.

The team is currently ranked 13th in the world and will be looking for a good showing when they compete this evening.

The relay team consists of four starters – Joanne Cuddihy, Michelle Carey, Claire Bergin and Marian Heffernan – as well as two reserves – Jessie Barr and Caitríona Cuddihy.

The 4×400 heats begin at 1910. Ireland goes in heat 2 – we will be in lane 2.

Boxing: A tight 22-18 win over Nordine Oubaali in the flyweight quarter-finals saw Michael Conlan through to this afternoon’s semi-final.

The St John Bosco fighter will face Robeisy Ramirez Carranza from Cuba for a place in the final. Carranza defeated Britain’s Andrew Selby 16-11 in the last round.

Conlan goes into the ring at 2045.

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