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Northern Irish quartet all secure medals at Commonwealth Games

The quartet are all through to the semi-finals of their respective events.

Michael Conlan celebrates winning his match against Uganda's Bashir Nasir.
Michael Conlan celebrates winning his match against Uganda's Bashir Nasir.

Updated at 19.26

NORTHERN IRELAND’S MICHAEL Conlan, Michaela Walsh, Paddy Barnes and Alanna Audley-Murphy have all secured bronze medals at the very least at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow today.

Conlan beat Uganda’s Bashir Nasir in bantam quarter finals, with the 22-year-old now set to face Sean McGoldrick of Wales in the semi-final on Friday

“I’m not thinking about the bronze medal, gold is the only one I want. I have a bronze medal from London, I don’t want another one. I won my fight today and I’m happy enough but it was only a quarter of what I can perform. I can fight better than that,” said Conlan.

Meanwhile, Walsh defeated Jamaica’s Joy Sarah Rae in the quarter-finals of the women’s flyweight by unanimous decision, and is now preparing to face India’s Pinki Rani in Friday’s semi-final.

“The first round I started off very slow. I couldn’t get my punches off against her but I changed my tactics and I just listened to my coaches who told me what to do and by the fourth round any punch I was throwing I was catching her with it,” she said.

Finally, Audley-Murphy triumphed over Dominica’s Valerian Spicer, to set up a lightweight semi-final on Friday with Shelley Watts of Australia.

Speaking in reaction to her victory, Audley-Murphy said:

“The first round I started off very slow. I couldn’t get my punches off against her but I changed my tactics and I just listened to my coaches who told me what to do and by the fourth round any punch I was throwing I was catching her with it.”

Meanwhile, Barnes overcame Charles Keama from Papua New Guinea by stoppage in the third round this evening, as Northern Ireland took their overall medal tally to seven.

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