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  • Boxing gold joy for Ireland's Taylor - full replay | Video

    Boxing gold joy for Ireland's Taylor - full replay

    London 2012 - Ireland's Katie Taylor added Olympic Games gold to her four World Championships titles - but she was made to work hard for her 10-8 win over Russia's Sofya Ochigava amid an extraordinary atmosphere at ExCeL. Watch the match in full now.
  • Ireland's parade during Beijing 2008 opening ceremony | Video

    Ireland's parade during Beijing 2008 opening ceremony

    Sailor Ciara Peelo leads Ireland's Olympic athletes in the Parade of Nations during the Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremonies. Marching with pride the Ireland athletes carry the Olympic hope of their nation. Ireland - Parade of Nations - Opening Ceremony - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Boxing gold joy for Ireland's Taylor | Video

    Boxing gold joy for Ireland's Taylor

    London 2012 - Ireland's Katie Taylor added Olympic Games gold to her four World Championships titles - but she was made to work hard for her 10-8 win over Russia's Sofya Ochigava amid an extraordinary atmosphere at ExCeL.
  • Pat O’Callaghan hammers opposition for emotional Irish gold | Video

    Pat O’Callaghan hammers opposition for emotional Irish gold

    Irish rugby player Pat O’Callaghan embodied the amateur, self-starting spirit which led to hammer success in the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam.   He learnt the discipline using his own home-made hammer and ended up winning the sport’s biggest accolade borrowing someone else’s. O’Callaghan was born in 1905 and was raised in a family steeped in the traditional sporting arenas of the Irish – Gaelic football, hurling and rugby. He and his two brothers excelled in a variety of sports at school and university, yet in specialising in the hammer O’Callaghan had to overcome a number of prejudices against adopting a sport outside Ireland’s holy trinity. Yet specialise he did and thanks to the practice using the hammer he had made himself using a shot filled with ball bearings attached to a bicycle pedal he booked his place at the 1928 Games. He and his brothers paid their own way to Amsterdam, and yet O’Callaghan was not expected to prevail in an event where the Americans had dominated. It was actually British thrower Malcolm Noakes who was favoured to win gold but O’Callaghan, sporting a more agile, athletic frame than many of his burlier rivals, rose to the occasion. He qualified for the final in sixth and was trailing in the early rounds before he decided to ask the leader Oissian Skiold if he could use his hammer. The Irishman, his face a picture of focus, sent the hammer flying out to168ft 7 inches, or 51.39m, and the gold was his. It was an emotional occasion for the Irish nation, as it was the first time they had won gold since independence from the British in 1921 and hence the first time their new national - Amhrán na bhFiann – had sounded out over the Olympic arena. O’Callaghan would defend his title in Los Angeles four years later. He died in 1991.
  • Australia Posts the Best Time in Rowing Heats | Video

    Australia Posts the Best Time in Rowing Heats

    Rowing crews effort to succeed and move on to the next stage, in the men's fours heats. The British crew triumphs in heat 1 in 6:00.65, followed by Italy and USA. Netherlands becomes the heat 2 winner, finishing in 6:00.44, closely followed by New Zealand and Slovania. Heat number 3 is won by Australia in 6:00.33, posting the best time of all 3 heats. Germany crosses the line in second and Ireland in third. Rowing Men's Four Without Coxswain Heats - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics - AUS, NED, GBR
  • Zhang Lands Second Boxing Gold For China | Video

    Zhang Lands Second Boxing Gold For China

    Zhang Xiaoping wins another gold for China in boxing against Ireland's Kenny Egan in the light-heavyweight class by a score of 11-7. Zhang wins the first 2-0, but Egan comes back in the second round and is down by two, 5-3. In the final round, both fighters continue to land punches, but Zhang prevails by four points, 11-7. Boxing 81kg (Light-heavyweight) Final - Beijing 2008 - Zhang Xiaoping (CHN) vs Kenny Egan (IRL)
  • Diaz Battles Joyce In Tight Contest | Video

    Diaz Battles Joyce In Tight Contest

    Felix Diaz of the Dominican Republic takes on Johnny Joyce of Ireland in a closely contested welterweight bout. Diaz goes in front in the first round, but Joyce comes back in the second to tie it 7-7. After the final two rounds, the score is tied at 11. Diaz wins the tie break and advances to the next round. Boxing 64kg (Light Welterweight) Round of 16 - Beijing 2008 - Felix Diaz (DOM) vs Johnny Joyce (IRL)
  • Luke Campbell takes Bantamweight Boxing gold | Video

    Luke Campbell takes Bantamweight Boxing gold

    London 2012 - Luke Campbell of Team GB realised his lifetime dream as he defeated Ireland's John Joe Nevin 14-11 to claim the Bantamweight title at the ExCeL. A left-hand counter in the final round floored his opponent.
  • Men's And Women's 470 Sailing Highlights | Video

    Men's And Women's 470 Sailing Highlights

    In race 5 of the men's 470 class sailing event, Ireland, Italy and Australia take the first three spots. After five races, Australia lead the field. On the women's side, race 6 sees Japan pull a clever move to pull in front of the Netherlands and Slovenia. Sailing Men's and Women's 470 Class Highlights- Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics
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