Ireland's boxers up and running in Baku as Jennifer Egan narrowly misses out on medal

Convincing wins for Darren O’Neill and Myles Casey get Team Ireland off to the perfect start in the ring.

Darren O'Neill recorded an emphatic win over Romania's Ionut Jitaru.
Darren O'Neill recorded an emphatic win over Romania's Ionut Jitaru.
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Updated at 14.30pm

AS IRELAND’S BOXERS began their pursuit of further honours, there was heartbreak for Jennifer Egan this morning as she narrowly missed out on becoming the first Irish medallist at the European Games.

The 28-year-old finished fourth in the women’s 5,000m final in the K1 Kayak single at Baku, pipped to bronze by just four hundredths of a second.

Egan, a former DCU student, crossed the line in a time of 23 minutes and six seconds having earlier finished sixth in the 500m final.

Across town at the Flag Square Cluster, both Darren O’Neill and Myles Casey safely progressed to the next round of the heavyweight and flyweight divisions respectively.

Elsewhere, gymnast Kieran Behan qualified for his second final yesterday.

The 26-year-old, who competed at the 2012 London Olympics, registered 83.831 in the All-Around Individual to finish 17th overall and book his place in Thursday’s final. The achievement comes a day after he also progressed in the floor routine.

Originally published Monday at 20.50

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