Dearbhla Rooney will meet New Zealand’s Te Edmonds in a box-off for bronze at the Olympic Youths in Buenos Aires on Wednesday night.

The Leitrim feather, aiming for a place in the finals and at least silver, was beaten on a 4-1 split decision by Thailand’s Panpatchara Somnuek in tonight’s 57kg semi-final over three rounds.

Dean Clancy, pictured above, lost his bid to reach the 52kg decider in the Argentine capital today.

The Sligo flyweight was beaten on a unanimous decision by England’s Ivan Price in the last four of the tournament after three close rounds.

Clancy will now meet Brazil’s World Youth bronze medallist Luiz de Olivera in a box-off for bronze tomorrow.

“I thought I dominated the whole fight to be honest with you,” said Clancy after today’s reversal.

The first round I got the win, the second round I started bad, but I finished well and thought I would have got it. The third one I thought I had nicked it as well. I don’t know what they’re seeing with unanimous decision.”

The Rooney versus Somnuek bout was a repeat of the 2018 World Youth clash which the Thai won on a 3-2 split in Hungary in August.

“I’m disappointed with the result, I thought I had the decision, I thought I did enough there, said Rooney.

“I’ll have a look at the score after, but I don’t know, to be honest I’ll have to look over it. I’m just very disappointed now. I met her in the worlds – she beat me in the prelim by a split decision, I’ll have to look over it now to see where it all went wrong.

“I’m not used to boxing boxers with a style like that. My style is usually the more aggressive one, pushing them back, whereas she has a very aggressive style of boxing herself, pulling forward all the time. I thought I did enough with hooks and jabbing.”

Dmitry Dimitruc is working Ireland’s corner in Buenos Aires.

Youth Olympics 2018

October 14


52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Hichen Maouche (Algeria) 5-0
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) beat Linda Martinez (USA) 5-0
75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) lost to Anastasia Shamonova (Russia) 0-5

October 16


52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) lost to Ivan Price (England) 0-5
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) lost to  Panpatchara Somnuek (Thailand) 1-4


October 17

Bronze medal Box Offs

52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) v Luiz de Olivera Brazil)

57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) v Te Edmonds (New Zealand)






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)