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Victory secures medal for Barnes

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Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes claims the Irish team's first medal at the Beijing Olympics.

Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes claimed the Irish team's first medal at the Beijing Olympics after a quarter-final win over Poland's Lukasz Maszczyk on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old light-flyweight was level with Maszczyk after the first round but pulled clear in the remaining three rounds to earn an 11-5 victory.

Barnes is assured of a bronze medal but he will fight for gold if he beats Zou Shiming in Friday's semi-finals.

Dublin's Kenny Egan later secured a second medal after a quarter-final win.

Egan produced a composed performance to defeat Brazil's Washington Silva 8-0 in their light-heavyweight encounter to set up a semi-final encounter with Britain's Tony Jefferies.

The Dubliner defeated Jefferies in the European Union Championship earlier this year.

Barnes enjoyed a 14-8 win over Ecuador's Jose Luis Meza in his first fight on Saturday and he produced an even better display in Tuesday's bout.

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Maszczyk had defeated Barnes in the north Belfast man's first international contest two years ago but it was a very different outcome in Beijing.

The prize for Barnes is a showdown with Chinese star and world champion Zou Shiming.

"I knew if I boxed my fight and put him under pressure, he wouldn't last the pace," said a delighted Barnes.

"He was wrecked. I'm always a slow starter but after the first round, I was flying."

Barnes may be guaranteed a medal but he said that he is determined to win gold.

"I got A medal but I want THE medal, which is the gold.

"I can't wait to fight Zou Shiming. I want the gold and I know I can go further. But if not, I've got my medal."

Zou Shiming, who defeated Barnes in last year's World Championship quarter-finals, was impressive in his 9-4 win over Kazakhstan's Birzhan Zhakypov on Tuesday.




see also
Boxing results
18 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Barnes' Beijing mission
01 Aug 08 |  Boxing
Irish Olympic team is announced
10 Jul 08 |  Olympics
Amateur boxing explained
01 Mar 06 |  Boxing
Boxing jargon guide
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