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We're going back home with gold medals, promise Walsh siblings

 

By David Kelly

Michaela and Aiden Walsh have their sights set on golden boxing glory at the Commonwealth Games.

Yesterday on the Gold Coast the Walsh siblings sealed at least bronze in the ring with two polished performances but both are adamant that they will not settle for that.

Walsh, a controversial silver medallist four years ago, won her women's featherweight bout after the referee called a halt in the third round as Keamogetse Kenosi of Botswana was clearly a spent force.

Brother Aiden then marched to the ring a few hours later and joined Michaela in the semi-finals when he comfortably outpointed New Zealander Leroy Hindley.

"The bronze medal means nothing to me, I'm here for the gold medal, that's all," said Michaela, who felt that it took her a little time to click into top gear.

"I felt a little sluggish at the start but seeing the rest of team performing so well has driven me on.

"I'm facing the Kiwi next... we've sparred together so we know each other. I hope she brings her best and I bring my best because there'll only be one outcome."

Welterweight Aiden, like his sister a member of the Monkstown club, is feeling equally confident on the back of his quarter-final success.

"I'm here for that gold medal, that's the only thing on my mind," said Aiden.

"When Michaela got back to the Village she told me that I had to go out now and get the win and I did."

Lisburn's Kurt Walker also secured at least bantamweight bronze when he defeated Moroke Mokhotho of Lesotho on a 4-1 split decision verdict.

Carryduff super-heavyweight Stephen McMonagle, 31, lost out to New Zealander Patrick Mailata on a unanimous decision in his quarter-final, while heavyweight Damien Sullivan also bowed out, going down 4-1 on a split decision to Australian Jason Whateley.

English boxing twins Pat and Luke McCormack both guaranteed themselves bronze as well.

Luke silenced a partisan home crowd to win a thrilling bout with Australian Liam Wilson, while Pat followed suit in the evening with a unanimous triumph over Musa Bwogi of Uganda.

• EXPERIENCED David Calvert's bid for a fifth Commonwealth medal got off to a poor start in the Full Bore Rifle Pairs.

Having had a very poor shoot at 900 yards that dropped Calvert and Jack Alexander to ninth place overall, they moved up to seventh after 1000 yards and that is where they finished.

Stuart Hill and Rory Hamilton failed to advance to their respective finals in the Men's 50m Rifle Prone.

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