Tweet results for star spotter Paddy

Judging by his Twitter activity, boxing medal hopeful Paddy Barnes is determined to make a few famous friends in London.

Ever since his entrance with the Irish team at the opening ceremony, it’s been clear Barnes is quite a character.

While others were content to wave to the crowd and film the occasion on their mobile phone, the Belfast boxer was holding up a sign saying he was available for sponsorship and to contact him through his Twitter account.

Between bouts in the ring, where he is just one win from a guaranteed bronze medal, Paddy seems to have been spending his time roaming the Olympic village for famous sporting faces.

A flick through his Twitter pictures and you first spot him with British tennis star and now Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray.

However, he manages to go one better on the tennis front, with a snap of six-time major winner and current world number two Novak Djokovic.

At just 5ft 4in, Paddy stands a little small against the two tennis giants but to combat that, he posted a picture with the entire US gymnastics team with the caption: “I got a pic of these girls yesterday, they just won gold!”

Not content with one US group of stars, he is next up alongside 100m star Tyson Gay who he describes as a guy who “does a bitta runnin”.

He also has a picture with rival and defending Olympic champion in his weight class Zou Shiming, who he describes as a “legend”.

With that he was straight onto more sprinting superstars, even tweeting his picture with Jamaican 100m star Asafa Powell to the man himself saying: “You tortured me last night for that pic here it is for ya go hang it in your room now!”

Paddy even just about managed to get his face into a picture with fastest man ever, Usain Bolt.

With a bit to go in the Games yet, it’ll be interesting to see who else he can bump into.


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