Victory for Walsh in Olympic World Qualifier

Grainne Walsh opened Ireland’s account at the 2nd Olympic World Qualifier with a resounding win.

The 66kg boxer was the only Irish athlete in action on the first day of the tournament – and took on Vietnam’s Mai Ngoc Hoang. Grainne’s performance was decisive, and she won each round 5-0. Judges scored the bout 30:27; 30:27; 30:27; 20:37; 30:27. Grainne has a long wait before she steps back in to the ring. She is next in action on Wednesday’s Evening Session, against PRK’s Sun Hyo Hwang.

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.

Images: Joe Walsh

Day Two – Round of 64.

Two Ireland boxers are in action from 7am on Saturday morning, in the Morning Session. 51kg Sean Mari opens proceedings in Ring B, contesting against Muhammad Faheem of Pakistan. At around 9am on Saturday, 80kg Kelyn Cassidy takes on Germany’s Denlil Dadaev.

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

Session 1A result

Session 1B results

Session 2A results

Session 2B results