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Twitter Reacts With A Mixture Of Shock And Disappointment Following Paddy Barnes’ Loss At The Olympics

Olympic Council Of Ireland Media Briefing : 100 Days Out from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Conrad Hotel, Dublin 27/4/2016 Boxer Paddy Barnes, flag-bearer for the Ireland team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Ireland’s Paddy Barnes lost in the last 16 of the light flyweight division at the 2016 Olympic games to Spain’s Samuel Carmona Heredia via split decision.


The hectic three-rounder saw the two time bronze medallist lose on two of the three judges’ scorecards (29-28, 28-29, 28-29) – a decision that many observers disagreed with after a largely successful third round.

Even former WBO middleweight world champion Andy Lee thought the decision was a wrap.

Barnes’ struggle with his energy was apparent, with the 29-year-old characteristically admitting that he wasn’t at the races.

The likes of world champion Carl Frampton, John Kavanagh of SBG Ireland and former Olympic silver medallist Ken Egan also chimed in.

Attention on Ireland’s boxing squad now turns to the likes of Katie Taylor and Michael Conlan, who represent Ireland’s best chances at winning medals in Rio.

The Rory McIlroy furore also reared it’s head once again in the aftermath of the defeat.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.