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McGivern vows to bounce back after Games woe

 

Belfast boxer James McGivern has said he will learn from his European Games exit after he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Armenia's Hovhannes Bachkov in Minsk. (stock photo)
Belfast boxer James McGivern has said he will learn from his European Games exit after he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Armenia's Hovhannes Bachkov in Minsk. (stock photo)
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Belfast boxer James McGivern has said he will learn from his European Games exit after he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Armenia's Hovhannes Bachkov in Minsk.

The 21-year-old was coming up against a tough opponent in 2017 European champion Bachkov, and it was the Armenian who asserted himself from the off.

Although McGivern, a Commonwealth bronze medallist, worked hard throughout, a combination of decisive body blows and controlled shots saw Bachkov win it on the scorecards.

"I'm tired - that was relentless," McGivern admitted.

"It was hard to get my gameplan going but he's European champion and this is my first senior elite tournament, so it's a learning experience. I'll take it on the chin and I'll learn."

In badminton, the mixed doubles team of Chloe and Sam Magee and singles player Nhat Nguyen have must-win clashes in their final group games.

After a fantastic win on Monday, the Magees came out fighting against the French pair and group favourites Delphine Delrue and Thom Gocquel.

Ireland took the first set 22-20, but France came back in set two, winning 19-21. The French pair showed their grit to take the final set 16-21, and the match.

Chloe said: "Obviously we're a bit disappointed, we had a good chance to finish out that game but we just didn't take it.

"It was important to get one set and we got that first one today, so it was really good that we could do that."

The Magees take on the hosts tomorrow, where a win should see them through to the quarter-finals.

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