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.
Weight killed me can’t fight at 49kg anymore, no energy at all today, 1st time making the weight since 2014. Fair play to Spanish lad!
— Paddy Barnes (@paddyb_ireland) August 8, 2016
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.
Time for team meeting pic.twitter.com/gLu6piWX5A
— Paddy Barnes (@paddyb_ireland) August 6, 2016