Paddy Barnes shock exit from Rio Olympics 2016
Carl Frampton: 'Absolutely gutted. Still a hero'
Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes' 2016 Olympic dream is over after a shock defeat in his opening fight in Rio.
The 29-year-old, who was the flag bearer for Ireland at the opening ceremony, was beaten by Spaniard Samuel Carmona Heredia (20) on a split decision.
Absolutely gutted for my mate @paddyb_ireland. I know how much he wanted that and how much he's put in to these Olympics. Still a hero— Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) August 8, 2016
It's clear to see that making 49kgs hurt Paddy but he still won that fight in my eyes. He gave everything. Devastated— Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) August 8, 2016
Absolute heartbreaking loss for @paddyb_ireland - he looked drained, tired & shocked. He's going home & I'm amazed, but decision right.— Steve Bunce (@bigdaddybunce) August 8, 2016
Ah, that was ludicrously tight. Commiserations to @paddyb_ireland. It was a hell of a first round fight.— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) August 8, 2016
The light flyweight who has two bronze Olympics medals from the London and Beijing games - was dreaming of his third.
Barnes dropped a tight first round on two cards and looked tired in the second as Carmona nailed him with a series of looping left-hands.
The judges drew him level going into the last, and at the end of an increasingly frantic third both men raised their arms in the expectation of being given the verdict.
The Chinese judge gave the verdict to Barnes 29-28 but the Uzbekistani and Candaian judges scored it 29-28 to his opponent.
Speaking afterwards Barnes said he would not be competing at the Tokyo Games in 2020.
Barnes made headlines this weekend as he tweeted village selfies with the likes of Rickie Fowler, Rafa Nadal, Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams whilst playfully trolling Rory McIlroy for his absence from the Olympic golf tournament.
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