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Commonwealth Games: Six Northern Ireland boxers seal silver after losing final bouts

By Gareth Hanna

Six Northern Ireland boxers have won silver medals at the Commonwealth Games.

On a day that six of the NI boxing squad were competing in finals, all six missed out on gold medals.

Carly McNaul, Kristina O'Hara, Brendan Irvine, Kurt Walker and siblings Aidan and Michaela Walsh all brought home silvers, taking the NI boxing team's medal tally to eight.

Flyweight McNaul lost out to England's Lisa Whiteside by ananimous decision, while O'Hara was defeated by India's Mary Kom in the light-flyweight final, also on a unanimous decision from the judges.

Irvine came closer, splitting the judges but ultimately losing out 4-1 to India's Gaurav Solanki in the men's flyweight final.

In the eveing bouts, Michaela Walsh was edged out in the women's featherweight final while her brother Aiden was beaten in the men's welterweight final. Kurt Walker lost out to England's Peter McGrail by split decision.

"Never give up on your dreams," McNaul told the BBC. "You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it. Never give up.

"I'm so happy I got here. I'm overwhelmed - I can't really explain how I feel."

Meanwhile, Dromore cyclist Mark Downey said he 'couldn't put into words how gutted' he felt after missing out on a medal in the men's road race by milimetres after a thrilling race.

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