Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland going for Games gold medal record


By Graham Luney

Northern Ireland have set their sights on a new Commonwealth Games gold medal record after a further five boxers triumphed in their semi-finals.

Carly McNaul, Brendan Irvine, Michaela and Aidan Walsh and Kurt Walker have joined Kristina O’Hara in the finals and a gold rush could beat the tally of five Northern Ireland celebrated at the 1994 Victoria games.

Rhys McClenaghan beat England’s Max Whitlock on the pommel horse and his golden performance has inspired the boxers who are plotting a big finish.

James McGivern and Steven Donnelly, however, will have to settle for bronze medals.

Walsh will face Australian Skye Nicolson in the final today while McNaul faces a gold medal showdown against Lisa Whiteside of England.

“I couldn’t do it without my parents who are at home looking after my boy. This is for you son,” said McNaul.

Irvine will take on Gaurav Solanki of India in the men’s flyweight final.

Walker will challenge European champion Peter McGrail of England in his decider and Aidan Walsh is eyeing welterweight gold against Pat McCormack of England.

There was more local success when shooter Kirsty Barr secured the team’s 12th medal of the games with a dramatic silver in the women’s trap.

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