Rio heartbreak for Paddy Barnes

Paddy Barnes Rio heartbreak
8 August 2016; Paddy Barnes of Ireland looks on as Samuel Carmona Heredia of Spain is declared victorious during their Light-Flyweight preliminary round of 32 bout in the Riocentro Pavillion 6 Arena during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

One of Team Ireland’s biggest medal hopes’ dreams were dashed for Olympics glory after Paddy Barnes was knocked out in a shock points defeat to Spain’s Samuel Carmona Heredia.

The 29-year-old Belfast fighter was level with Heredia after two rounds but lost in the final three minutes. Team Ireland’s flag bearer was the bookies’ favourite to win gold in the light-flyweight division, having secured bronze at Bejing and London.

The Canadian and Uzbekistani judges scored it 29-28 in the 20-year-old’s favour while the Chinese judge gave Barnes a 29-28 win over the boxer, ranked 26 in the world.

Afterwards Barnes said he had struggled to make the weight and felt drained, adding that he will not be competing at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Just days earlier Barnes had been in flying form, tweeting playful photos online.


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