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Meet Ireland's Olympic team: Michael Conlan

The Belfast native travels to Rio high in confidence.

Michael Conlan Irish boxer Michael Conlan Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Event: Boxing.

Who is he? A 24 year-old who is part of a highly ambitious bunch of Irish boxers.

Where’s he from? Conlan is a native of Belfast.

Olympic CV: Competed in London in 2012 as a flyweight with Conlan winning a bronze medal, losing out at the semi-final stage to Cuban opponent Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana.

Road To Rio: Conlan booked his place in April 2015 at the World Series of Boxing in Maiquetia, Venezuela. He defeated Jose Diaz 49-46 and then saw Magomed Gurbanov lose to his Puerto Rican opponent, to ensure his qualification.

When does he start? Conlan will discover after Friday’s draw when he will commence with the earliest possible date on Wednesday 10 August.

Where can I follow him? Check him out on Twitter @mickconlan11.

What he says: “It will be special. When I win the gold medal I can see myself going over and my family being in the crowd and picking my daughter up off Shauna and just hugging her. I can picture that right now, I can see it happening.” (The42, July 2016)

Medal chances? One of Ireland’s best hopes. Conlan will be looking to build on the bronze medal picked up in London in 2012 and then last year became the first ever Irish man to win a gold medal at the World Championships in Doha last year.

And here’s something you probably didn’t know…  Conlan’s young daughter Luisne is travelling to Rio and it will be the first time she has ever seen Conlan fight.

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Fintan O'Toole

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