Coach drives Conlan on - London 2012 - Boxing
Michael Conlan said some timely words of advice from Head Coach Billy Walsh drove him on to pull away in the final round and beat Frenchman Nordine Oubaali to guarantee a third Olympic Boxing medal for Ireland on an action-packed Day 11 in the ring.
The 20-year-old Belfast man struggled to assert himself early against his more powerful opponent, but he turned on the style after heading into the final round of their Fly Weight bout to claim a 22-18 victory.
Conlan, who joins team-mates John Joe Nevin and Katie Taylor in their respective semi-finals with fellow Irishman Paddy Barnes still to come, said: 'My coach told me to put the boot in because I was a bit too quiet.
'Words can't describe what I'm feeling but I knew I'd be here on the day.'
Oubaali produced the better work in the first round, but Conlan ended the round well to earn a 5-5 tie.
They were level again at the end of the second, Oubaali's intensity keeping him level with the more adventurous Irishman. Conlan stepped it up in the third round, hitting home a fine left hand as the Frenchman's work lost its rhythm.
A fine finish from the Irishman, in which he landed with both left and right hooks, helped him to victory.
Conlan will face Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana, in the semi-finals while the second semi-final will see Russian world champion Misha Aloian take on Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia.
Aloian produced a superb performance of amateur Boxing skills to see off teenage Puerto Rican Jeyvier Cintron 23-13, while the Mongolian came on strong in the last round to defeat Uzbekistan's Jasurbek Latipov.
There was drama in the men's Welter Weight division when Frenchman Alexis Vastine was handed a two-point penalty in his bout with Ukraine's world number one Taras Shelestyuk, and was beaten on countback after an 18-18 draw.
Custio Clayton lost on a countback to Great Britain's Fred Evans, making an appeal which is thought to have been rejected, while the USA's Errol Spence was sent out 16-11 to Russia's Andrey Zamkovoy.