Another 2 wins for Ireland at 1st Olympic World Qualifier.

Images: Tara Robins Mari

Ireland recorded two wins from three bouts on the second day of action at the 1st Olympic World Qualifier.

Jennifer Lehane )54kg opening proceedings with a very close bout with France’s Romane Moulai. The bout was poised at one split-round a piece going in to the last. There as little between these athletes, and a 3-2 decision went France’s way

80kg Kelyn Cassidy took on Greece’s Michail Tsamalidis in Bout 8 of Ring B’s morning session. Points were deducted for each boxer during the bout, although Kelyn’s superior agility and reflexes saw him get the win.

In the evening session in Ring A, 57kg Jude Gallagher met Algeria’s Hichem Maouche, in Bout 7. Jude performed beautifully throughout the bout, relying on his speed and tactical capabilities to claim a UD win

602 boxers from 113 countries have registered to contest the tournament – making it the third largest boxing tournament in history. As a result, the beginning of boxing has been brought forward by a day, to March 3rd. Three sessions of boxing will take place March 4th to 8th to accommodate the volume of competition required.

49 quota places are available. In all weights Ireland is contesting at the tournament, a last four finish will qualify for Paris. The Paris Boxing Taskforce, which is running the competition on behalf of the International Olympic Committee, has advised that boxers will box to quota – which means boxers will cease competing at the Quarter Finals stage where last 4 qualify.

Day Three – March 5th

Tokyo bronze medalist, Aidan Walsh, is in action on Tuesday. The 71kg boxer meets United Arab Emirates’ Husain Alkandari in Bout 11 of Ring B’s morning session.

Aidan is expected to box at approximately 12.15pm.


Session Times

The morning session begins at 10am, Irish time

The afternoon session begins at 2.30pm, Irish time

The evening session may begin at either 6pm or 7pm Irish time, see below.

There is no afternoon session on March 4th.

Tournament Schedule

Watch live will stream all of the bouts, from March 8th, onward. It will not stream boxing from March 3rd to 7th.


1st Olympic World Qualifier Team:

50kg Daina Moorehouse, Enniskerry BC, Wicklow

54kg Jennifer Lehane, DCU Boxing Club, Dublin

66kg Grainne Walsh, St. Mary’s BC, Tallaght, Dublin

51kg Sean Mari, Monkstown BC, Dublin

57kg Jude Gallagher, Two Castles ABC, Tyrone

71kg Aidan Walsh, Holy Family GG BC, Belfast

80kg Kelyn Cassidy, Saviours Crystal, Waterford

92+kg Martin McDonagh, Crumlin BC, Dublin


All drawsheets are available here

March 3rd results are here

Session 3A results

Session 3B results

There was no Afternoon Session, ordinarily Session 4, on March 4th.

Session 5A results

Session 5B results