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Irish boxers learn their fate as Olympic draw revealed


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Ireland's seven boxers now know their path to glory at the Olympic Games. 

The draws for the various divisions were made earlier today ahead of the start of the Games this weekend.

Hopes are high that Ireland can make a major impact given the talent within the team.

Indeed, for four fighters, they are just two fights away from securing a bronze medal.

Both Kellie Harrington and Michaela Walsh were already assured of a bye into the last 16 prior to the draw.

Harrington is the top seed in the lightweight division, while Walsh is ranked number four in the featherweight.

Michaela's brother, Aidan, received a bye into the last 16 in the welterweight.

Aoife O'Rourke is also within two wins of a medal in the middleweight division as she takes on China's Qian Li.

Kurt Walker is poised to be the first Irish fighter into the ring.

He's in a round of 32 clash with Jose Quiles Brotons of Spain early on Saturday morning Irish time.

Emmett Brennan's light heavyweight bout with Uzbekistan’s Dilshodbek Ruzmetov has a 12.45pm start on Sunday.

Team captain Brendan Irvine begins his medal bid on Monday morning at 4am against Carlo Paalam in the round of 32 in the flyweight section.

 

Ireland's draw (all times Irish time)

Men's featherweight: Kurt Walker vs Jose Quiles Brotons (Spain), Saturday 4am.

Men's light heavyweight: Emmett Brennan vs Dilshodbek Ruzmetov (Uzbekistan), Sunday 12.45pm

Men's flyweight: Brendan Irvine vs Carlo Paalm (Phillipines), Monday 4am

Women's featherweight: Michaela Walsh vs Irma Testa (Italy)/Liudmilla Vorontsova (Russia) Monday 6.30am

Men's welterweight: Aidan Walsh vs Thabiso Dlamini (Eswatini)/Albert Mengue Ayissi (Cameroon), Tuesday 3.30am

Women's middleweight: Aoife O'Rourke vs Khadija El-Mardi (Morocco), Wednesday 10.15am

Women's lightweight: Kellie Harrington vs Rebeca Nicoli (Italy)/Esmeralda Falcón (Mexico)


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