Michael Nevin shows off his gold medal today



Stylish Laois orthodox Michael Nevin added another gold to his collection at the Tammer Elite multi-nations in Tampere, Finland today.

But Dean Gardiner, Kieran Molloy, Tony Browne and George Bates had to settle for silver in today’s finals.

World and European Youth bronze and gold medallist Nevin beat tough Swedish middle Mariusz Gnas to secure 75kg gold after three fiery rounds.

Molloy had to retire injured with a facial cut versus England’s Cyrus Pattison and Bates lost to Michael McDonagh of Wales.

Big showings from Tony Browne and Dean Gardiner in the light-heavy and super-heavy finals, with Gardiner losing on a 3-2 split to Bulgaria’s Petar Belberov in the final bout of the tournament.

Overall, Ireland won 13 of 20 bouts in Tampere to command a top five position in the medals table.

Finland’s Rio 2016 bronze medallist Mira Potkonen claimed gold today.

The Irish squad are due home tomorrow.



Tammer Multi-Nations Tampere, Finland

November 16th


69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Stephen Newns (Scotland) 5-0

November 17th

64kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) beat William Edwards (Wales) 4-1
81kg Tony Browne (Ireland) beat Liridon Nuha (Sweden) 4-0
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) beat Artem Mikaelian (Russia) 5-0
60kg George Bates (Ireland) beat Shun Han Cheung (Korea) 5-0
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat John Doherty (Scotland) 3-2
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Ireland) beat Mourad Aliev (France) 5-0

November 18th

56kg Myles Casey (Ireland) lost to Jordan Rodirigues (France) 0-5
60kg George Bates (Ireland) beat Nathaniel Collins (Scotland) 5-0
64kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) lost to Conor Loftus (England) 2-3
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Ilja Medvedev (Russia) 5-0
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Arthur Obanyan (Germany) 3-2
81kg Tony Browne (Ireland) beat Mamadou Diabra (France) 4-1
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) lost to Toni Filipi (Croatia) 1-4
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) beat Michael Barton (Scotland) 5-0

November 19th

60kg George Bates (Ireland) lost to Michael McDonagh (Wales) 0-5
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland)  lost to Cyrus Pattison (England) TKOI1
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Mariusz Gnas (Sweden) 4-1
81kg Tony Browne (Ireland) lost to George Crotty (England) 0-5
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Ireland) lost to Petar Belberov (Bulgaria) 2-3

Irish squad

56kg Myles Casey (St Francis) (Bronze)
60kg George Bates (St Marys) (Silver)
64kg Wayne Kelly (Ballinacarrow) (Bronze)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard) (Silver)
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise) (Gold)
81kg Tony Browne (St Michaels) (Silver)
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield) (Bronze)
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Clonmel) (Silver)

Coaches: Zaur Antia & Dmitry Dimitruc