Congratulations to Brendan Irvine who Salman Alizada (Azerbaijan) to guarantee Team Ireland’s first medal at the European Games.
He will now meet Zamotayev of the Ukraine for a place n the final of the Men’s Light Fly.
“It was a proper battle,” said Irvine, “and I knew it was going to be. He was the number one seed coming in here, but you have to go out there, focus on the performance, leave everything in the ring. But this is only the start of the journey for me.
“And I knew the atmosphere would be like that. And to be honest, the atmosphere probably drove me on, more than it did him. So I just focused on the performance. They were always going to back him, from the start, but the crowd had no effect on me, to be honest. I just focused on what I had to do.”
He paid tribute to the positive performance environment created within Team Ireland HQ,
“I just stuck to the plan, always felt confident. That comes from the corner, the coaches, who just tell me now to let the crowd overtake me. I’ve been down here the last few days, and getting the feel of the crowd. But again it comes to the experience of this team. We’re like a family here.”