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Three boxers move within a win of a medal, while Behan claims fourth at European Games

Meanwhile, there was disappointment for boxers Michaela Walsh and Myles Casey in Baku.

Kieran Behan on his way to finishing fourth Irish gymnast Kieran Behan in the floor final today. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Updated at 20.15

IRELAND’S KIERAN BEHAN has finished fourth in the men’s floor exercise gymnastics final.

The 26-year-old Olympian recorded a score of 14.866, which saw him just miss out on a medal. Rayderley Miguel Zapata Santana of Spain claimed gold, German Fabian Hambuechen earned silver, while David Belyavskiy of Russia picked up the bronze medal.

European Games Kieran Behan

In boxing, Sean McComb defeated Italy’s Donato Cosenza by unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, in his lightweight last-16 bout. The Belfast native is now one victory away from guaranteeing a medal and faces Turkey’s Yasin Yilmaz in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Olympian Adam Nolan and super heavyweight Dean Gardiner both secured their passages to the last 8 in Baku.

Nolan won all three rounds to defeat on all judges’ cards to defeat Dario Morello, while Gardiner came from a first round loss to beat another Italian opponent, Guido Vianello in a thrilling fight.

After being knocked down in the first round, Gardiner did his damage in the second , landing a series of big punches on his opponent, before taking the third round on all three cards to move within one win of a medal.

Michaela Walsh dejected after her bout Michaela Walsh (right). after her defeat. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Meanwhile, Michaela Walsh endured disappointment, as she was defeated in her women’s bantamweight encounter this morning.

The Belfast native lost out to Elena Saveleva of Russia in a unanimous decision, going down 36-40, 36-40 and 37-39.

Limerick’s Myles Casey was also beaten in another unanimous decision against Azerbaijan’s Elvin Mamishzada, losing 27-29, 25-30 and 27-29.

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