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Belfast Olympic hero Aidan Walsh to celebrate medal by ‘pigging out’ on chocolate

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Kellie Harrington and Aidan Walsh at Dublin Airport

Kellie Harrington and Aidan Walsh at Dublin Airport

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Kellie Harrington and Aidan Walsh at Dublin Airport

Belfast boxer and Olympic bronze medallist Aidan Walsh arrived back in Ireland yesterday to cheering crowds ahead of “pigging out” on a takeaway with his girlfriend.

Aidan, who secured third in the welterweight contest, was forced to withdraw from the semi-final in Tokyo after sustaining a fractured foot and an ankle injury when jumping for joy following his win in the last eight.

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Aidan (right) greets his coach Paul Johnston (centre) on his return from Tokyo

Aidan (right) greets his coach Paul Johnston (centre) on his return from Tokyo

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Aidan (right) greets his coach Paul Johnston (centre) on his return from Tokyo

“I have to pinch myself because I’ve come so far in such a short time. All I needed was the opportunity,” said the 24-year-old, who is also looking forward to some rest and recuperation.

“I’m going to go to my caravan with my girlfriend, have a Chinese and a Coke, lots of chocolate and lots of sweets I haven’t had sweets in ages and just pig out. I can’t wait.”

He told RTE his arrival in Dublin Airport had been “surreal to be honest, just because we’ve been living away for six weeks now in a bubble”.

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Aidan and Katie leave the airport with Aidan’s foot in a protective boot

Aidan and Katie leave the airport with Aidan’s foot in a protective boot

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Aidan and Katie leave the airport with Aidan’s foot in a protective boot

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“But this is amazing. I don’t know, I feel extremely lucky to be standing here,” he said.

Aidan was accompanied by Irish Olympic gold medallist Kellie Harrington (31) who became only the second Irish female boxer to win a medal at the Games after capturing women’s lightweight gold with a unanimous decision win over Beatriz Ferreira in a hard-fought final on the last day of the Games.



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