He may have been on the other side of the world, but the cheers emanating from north Belfast yesterday would have been heard all the way in China after local boy Paddy Barnes secured Ireland's first medal of the Beijing Olympics.
The 21-year-old boxer from the Ardoyne beat Poland's Lukasz Maszcyk yesterday in a stunning bout to reach the semi-final of the light flyweight division which will guarantee him at least a bronze medal.
But the boxer from the renowned Holy Family Club in Belfast, who will take on Chinese world champion Zou Shiming in the semi-final this Friday, is aiming for gold.
Speaking from Beijing, Paddy's proud father Paddy Senior said last night that not even the intimidating roar of a stadium full of loyal Chinese supporters will be able to contain their excitement come Friday when the 21-year-old lives out his dream.
"This is what he wanted," Paddy senior explained, "The world champion on his home turf.
"When he qualified he said to me that the one fight he wanted was Shiming in front of his home crowd, and now it's going to happen. I am just so proud. How could I not be?
"I am sure everybody back home is very happy. It's the first medal that Ireland has won, the first Irish boxing medal in 16 years, and the first medal a Northern Irish person has won in 16 years.
"I always knew he would make it to the Olympics and I always knew he was something special.
"I think he has a great chance. It is going to be hard fighting the world champion in his own backyard, but it's what Paddy wanted. I know that if Shiming did beat him, he would have to earn it."
His win yesterday has come as no surprise to his coach and mentor Gerry Storey.
The legendary Irish boxing coach, who has produced four other Olympic medallists, says he always knew the north Belfast lad would get this far and believes he will go further.
"I was very confident when he went out that he would do well," Gerry said last night.
"Even though the Polish guy had beaten him before, it did not surprise me when he won. Paddy has been working on his tactics so when he won 11-5, it shows you that he has been going OK. But Paddy is out there for the gold, and I am confident he can do it.
"I am absolutely proud of him. He's the fifth individual kid from the Holy Family Club to win an Olympic medal -- it's the icing on the cake."