Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Conlan secures medal

Michael Conlan celebrates his win over France's Nordine Oubaali

Irish flyweight Michael Conlan is guaranteed an Olympic bronze medal after winning his quarter-final bout against France's Nordine Oubaali.

The two men were tied at 12-12 going into the final round but Conlan found another gear to claim a 22-18 victory and move into the semi-finals.

Earlier in the day Paul Hession had failed to make it out of the heats of the 200 metres.

The 29-year-old finished fifth in 20.69secs in a race won at a canter by Jamaican Yohan Blake.

Hession, who was 0.17s off the third spot he needed to progress, said: "It is a little bit disappointing.

"I was hoping to push closer to third or second in that race. There were some serious athletes in there. That doesn't mean I couldn't beat them, but it wasn't there.

"I was a metre away from where I needed to be to qualify."

Team-mate Fionnuala Britton ran a personal best of 15:12.97 in the heats of the 5,000m, but it was not enough to go through as she finished 10th.

Gavin Noble finished 23rd in the triathlon as he finished in a time of 1:49:47, 3:22 behind winner Alistair Brownlee.

In the men's 470 off Weymouth, Scott Flanigan and Ger Owens finished 16th and fifth in races nine and 10 to sit 23rd overall.

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