Rob Heffernan finished 8th in the 20km walk. The Irish athlete was with the leading group for most of the race and was only 1 minute and 35 seconds behind the winner Valeriy Borchin of Russia.
Women’s 400m Heats
In the Star class Peter O’Leary & Stephen Milne were 12th in Race 2 and 7th in Race 3 to lie in 9th place overall in the ten race opening series. O’Leary & Milne are scoring some solid results early on in this regatta.
Ciara Peelo in the Laser Radial class placed 13th in Race 5 and lies 14th overall.
In the 470 double handed men’s class Owens & Lawton scored 15th in Race 8, 13th in Race 9 and 24th in Race 10 to place 16th overall at the conclusion of the Opening Series.
For Owens & Lawton the 2008 Olympic Regatta has reached its conclusion. Owens has matched his previous Olympic result where he placed 16th in Athens in 2004 however this time he counts two Olympic race wins to his credit.
During the Opening Series Owens & Lawton counted 22nd, 1st, 17th, 15th, 1st, 21st, 15th, 13th, 24th and discarded a 25th.
Darren Sutherland beat Nabil Kassel (Algeria) when the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round.
Afterwards Sutherland said, “People who have seen me in the Stadium know that I’ve never been in a dull fight in my life. There was never a period in that fight where I was going to try and protect a lead.
“It’s no secret that this is my last amateur tournament. I want to go pro afterwards so in a sense this is a good marketplace for me to put my skills on display.
“It’s clear I’m more tailored to that game and there is more to come. I’ll take the next fight and see where we can go. No matter what I’m an Olympian now and you can’t take that away from me.”
Sutherland will now fight Alfonso Blanco Parra from Venezuela, the world silver medallist in Chicago last year on Wednesday. A win would guarantee him a medal.
Light Flyweight (48kg)
Paddy Barnes became the third Irish boxer to reach the last eight when he defeated
“I’m a slow starter but I got on top. In the last round I was up but he still didn’t want to know so I must have hurt him.”
In the quarter-finals Paddy will meet Pole Lukasz Maszczyk.