Dean Clancy advanced to the last four of the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina today.
The Sligo flyweight, pictured above after his win, beat Algeria’s Hichen Maouche on a unanimous decision in the first bout of the Games in the Argentinian capital.
The finals scores read 29-28 across the board to the 2018 European Youth finalist who had Irish coach Dimitry Dimitruk working his corner.
Lauren Kelly lost this evening. The Irish middleweight was beaten by Russia’s current World and European Youth champion Anastasia Shamonova on a unanimous decision.
“I fought her two years ago and she stopped me in the second round with two body shots, said Kelly after tonight’s bout.
“So, to come back from that two years later and actually get through the full fight, I’m taking that as a big positive for myself personally.”
Dearbhla Rooney will be in action shortly after midnight (Irish time) in the featherweight class.
Argentina is four hours behind Ireland.
Youth Olympics 2018
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Hichen Maouche (Algeria) 5-0
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) v Linda Martinez (USA)
75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) lost to Anastasia Shamonova (Russia) 0-5
Irish coach: Dmitry Dimitruk
TEAM IRELAND YOUTH OLYMPIC BUENOS AIRES 2018
Miriam Daly (400m Hurdles), Sophie Meredith (Long Jump), Miranda Tcheutchoua (Hammer)
Nhat Nguyen (Men’s Singles)
Dean Clancy (Flyweight, Ballinacarrow BC), Lauren Kelly (Middleweight, St Brigid’s BC Edenderry), Dearbhla Rooney (Featherweight, Sean McDermott BC)
Tanya Watson (10m Platform)
Sean McCarthy Crean (+68kg)
Lauren Crowley Walsh (Women’s Individual, Mixed Team), David Kitt (Men’s Individual, Mixed Team)
Emma Slevin (Women’s Artistic Programme)
Niamh Coyne (50, 100, 200 breaststroke), Mona McSharry (50, 100, 200 breaststroke, 50 freestyle), Robert Powell (50, 100 freestyle, 50 butterfly)
Georgia Drummy (Women’s Singles)