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Agony and ecstasy for our boys in Rio

Chambers heartbreak but Caruth and Donnelly are still dreaming

by Graham Luney

Published 12/08/2016

Packing some punch: Steven Donnelly (left) delivers a hefty blow to Mongolia’s Tuvshinbat Byamba
Packing some punch: Steven Donnelly (left) delivers a hefty blow to Mongolia’s Tuvshinbat Byamba
Crucial goal: Ulsterman Peter Caruth celebrates scoring Ireland’s third
Double trouble: Ulsterman Richard Chambers and Will Fletcher just miss out in the lightweight double sculls semi-final in Rio yesterday

Northern Ireland athletes experienced the full range of emotions at the Olympic Games in Rio yesterday from glory to despair.

Ballymena boxer Steven Donnelly beat Tuvshinbat Byamba of Mongolia on points to reach the quarter-finals of the welterweight division but Coleraine rower Richard Chambers and his Great Britain team-mate Will Fletcher missed out on a place in the final of the lightweight men's double sculls.

Alan Campbell, bronze medallist in 2012 will compete in the semi-finals of the single sculls today.

And Ulsterman Peter Caruth was on target as Ireland's hockey men kept their hopes of quarter-final qualification alive with their first win in Pool B, a 4-2 triumph over Canada.

A win over Argentina tonight will be enough to seal a last-eight spot.

Delighted Donnelly, who finished with a badly swollen left eye, said: "There was not so much pressure on me as there was for the first fight and I think that showed in my performance.

"I felt more comfortable as the fight went on.

"My next opponent is the world champion but I believe in myself and anything is possible at the Olympic Games."

"I have great belief in myself and am going to give it my all."


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