Olympic World Qualifier victories for Walsh & Lehane.

Ireland is now 7 wins from 7 bouts at the 2nd Olympic World Qualifier in Bangkok, following today’s Day Five action.

Tokyo bronze medalist, 71kg Aidan Walsh, returned for his second bout of the tournament, at the Round of 32 stage. He took on Algeria’s Youcef Islam Yaiche in Bout 11 of the Afternoon Session – this was a tight bout, but the 4-1 decision went in Aidan’s favour. Judges scored the bout: 29:28; 27:30; 27:30; 28:29; 27:30. 54kg Jennifer Lehane made tournament debut against Puerto Rico’s Angelyris Lopez. The session results for the Evening Session have yet to be released, but Jenny claimed a 4-1 win. She’s back in action on June 1st.

579 boxers from 133 countries are contesting the tournament. As with the 1st Olympic World Qualifier in March, boxers will contest to quota; meaning, they will cease to box at a qualification bout. There will be no semi-finals or finals, and no medals bestowed. In5 of the weights Ireland is contesting in Bangkok (50kg, 54kg, 66kg, 51kg and 92+kg), 4 Paris quota places are available. In Men’s 71kg, 5 quota places are available, and there are 3 in Men’s 80kg – which means the de-facto bronze medalists will box off for the final quota place in that weight

Day 6: Round of 16

Three Ireland boxers in action on Wednesday. 92+kg Martin McDonagh makes his debut at the tournament, taking on Vietnam’s Doan Minh Hieu Ngoc at around 9.15am. 66kg Grainne Walsh boxes her second bout of the competition against Korea’s Hyo Sun Hwang at 1.30pm Irish time, while 71kg Aidan Walsh contests his third bout of the Qualifier, meeting Ukraine’s Yuri Zakharieiev at 2.45pm, Irish time

Programme

Watch

The tournament will not be live-streamed until May 30th, when it reaches the Quarter Finals stage. Thereafter, it will be available at Olympics.com

Team

The maximum team size any federation may qualify for an Olympic Games is 13. Six Team Ireland boxers have already qualified: reigning Olympic lightweight champ, Kellie Harrington, and now double Olympians 57kg Michaela Walsh and Aoife O’Rourke. 57kg Jude Gallagher booked his ticket to Paris at the 1st Olympic World Qualifier. 63.5kg Dean Clancy and heavyweight, Jack Marley, qualified at the 2023 European Games.

50kg Daina Moorehouse, Enniskerry BC, Co. Wicklow

54kg Jennifer Lehane, DCU Boxing Club, Dublin

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

51kg Sean Mari, Monkstown BC, Dublin

71kg Aidan Walsh, Holy Family Golden Gloves BC, Belfast

80kg Kelyn Cassidy, Saviour’s Crystal, Waterford.

92+kg Martin McDonagh, Galway Boxing Club.

Draws are available here

Day One results are available here

Day Two results are available here

Day Three results are available here

Day Four results are available here