Aidan and Michaela Walsh

Michaela and Aidan Walsh booked their tickets for the Olympic Games in Paris, France today.

The Belfast sister and brother beat Sweden’s Stephanie Thour and Ukraine’s Yevheni Barabandy.

Michaela, boxing well within herself, posted a unanimous decision over Thour in the featherweight division,.

And Aidan bit down on his gum shield to grind out a 3-2 split decision over Barabandy, the No. 4 seed in the welter class.

The Walsh siblings now join Kellie Harrington, Aoife O’Rourke and Brendan Irvine on the plane to Tokyo.

Both boxers are also guaranteed at least bronze in Paris and will fight in the semi-finals tomorrow.

European Olympic Qualifiers Paris, France

June 6th


57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Stephanie Thour (Sweden) 5-0
69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) beat Yevheni Barabandy (Ukraine) 3-2

June 5th

Last 16

63kg George Bates (Ireland) lost to Javid Chalabiyev (Azerbaijan) 2-3
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) lost to Emanual Reyes (Spain) 0-5
91+kg Gytis Lisinskas (Ireland) lost to Peter Belberov (BUlgaria) 0-5

Quarter finals
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) beat Elzbieta Wojik (Poland) 5-0
52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) lost to Gabriel Escobar (Spain) 0-5
81kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) lost to Luka Plantic (Croatia) 0-5
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Maiva Hamaddouche (France) 5-0

June 4

Last 16

75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) beat Viktoriya Kebikava (Belarus) 5-0
69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) beat Wahid Hambli (France) 4-1
81kg Emmett Brennan (Ireland) beat Uke Smajli (Switzerland) 5-0
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Mona Mestian (France) 4-1
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Aneta Rygielska (Poland) 5-0