Ginty forced to settle for silver in China

Irish lightweight Ciara Ginty lost out in her bid for gold in yesterday’s 60kg Youth Olympic final in Nanjing, China.

Ginty forced to settle for silver in China

The AIBA World Junior champion was beaten by American AIBA World Youth champion Jajaira Gonzalez on a unanimous decision.

Ginty’s strategy was to keep Gonzalez at the end of her left jab, but the Californian consistently stepped inside the Mayo boxer’s longer reach to find the target.

Ginty, who rocked Gonzalez with an upper cut in the third, took a standing count late in the second, and while some of the scoring — 40-36,40-35,40-33 – was generous to the American, there was no disputing the result.

“I’m disappointed not to win the gold medal, but I’m proud of my performances over the last few days,” said Ginty, who is coached by Pat McDonagh at the Geesala BC.

Ginty was the first Irish boxer to reach an Olympic Youth final since Belfast’s Ryan Burnett, who has turned pro with Ricky Hatton, won gold in Singapore in 2010.

Irish coach Billy McLean heaped praise on Ginty.

“We have no complaints about the decision and congratulations to the American girl. The game plan was to box, counter and move, but unfortunately it didn’t work out.

“Ciara gave it everything and she had an excellent tournament. She beat the Italian girl who beat her in the World Championships and also beat a very good Turkish opponent.”

The three-strong boxing squad in Nanjing will be bringing home one silver and one bronze medal from China. Donegal heavyweight Michael Gallagher will be presented with his bronze medal this morning, while Cork middleweight Christina Desmond finished fourth in the 75kg class.

“We came out here with a squad of three and we’ll be going home with two medals and a fourth place finish, said Irish boxing team manager Stephen Connolly. “That’s no mean achievement considering our team were up against the best in the world at this level.”

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