Medals For Taylor, Irvine And O’Reilly But O’Neill Beaten

Katie TaylorKatie Taylor and Michael O’Reilly have added to Ireland’s medals tally at the European Games in Baku, doubling the Irish tally from two to four – and they’re currently all bronzes – but Darren O’Neill has been beaten in his quarter-final. Taylor beat Swede Ida Lundblad on a unanimous points decision in the women’s lightweight quarter-finals. The Olympic champion took the honours 40-34 40-36 40-36, and will face a test against top Azeri Yana Alekseeva in the semi-finals on Friday, who Taylor beat in last year’s World Championships final in South Korea. Portlaoise middleweight O’Reilly was awarded every round by every judge in a comprehensive victory over Aljaz Venko of Slovenia. O’Reilly was given a 30-27 margin by all three judges, and next fights Russia’s Maxim Koptyakov in Friday’s semi-final. However, Kilkenny heavyweight Darren O’Neill was beaten by Gevorg Manukian in his tilt for a bronze medal. The big Ukrainian was awarded the first round by all three judges, but a fightback from the Irishman saw two judges give him a second round nod to bring it back to 19-19, while the third judge, Jones Kennedy Silva do Rosario from Brazil, had Manukian 20-18 ahead. While this judge awarded O’Neill the third round, as did one of the other two judges whose scores counted, Kestutis Bagdanavicius of Lithuania, it was the decision of Chinese judge Wang Dexin to score the third round to Manukian that clinched it for the Ukrainian on a split decision. 29-28 29-28 28-29 was the final decision in favour of the WSB fighter, who did catch O’Neill with some strong shots in that final round. Brendan Irvine is through to the gold medal fight. The Belfast Light-flyweight has beaten Ukrainian Dmytro Zamotayev in their semi-final bout in Baku. The 19-year-old is now guaranteed at least a silver medal and he’ll now face Russia’s Bator Sagaluev. In Swimming, James Brown made it through to semi-finals of the Men’s 200m Individual Medley – but was unable to progress any further In Badminton, Sam and Joshua Magee are through to the quarter finals while Scott Evans has reached the last 16. Ireland’s 3×3 women’s basketball team lost their second match of the tournament to Spain 21-11, but lifted their knockout chances by defeating Slovakia 20-12, and next play in the round of 16 tomorrow.

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