Michael Conlan reckons he can upgrade from his bronze medal win from London 2012 at Rio 2016………
Michael Conlan is looking forward to the 2016 Olympics – and the Belfast ace believes he can finish on top of the podium next time out in Rio.
Conlan guaranteed himself bronze at London 2012 after reaching the semi-finals, where he was beaten by Cuba’s Robeisy Carrazana- Ramirez.
Carrazana won gold today following a 17-14 decision over Nyambayar Tugstsogt of Mongolia.
Speaking after today’s medal ceremony, Conlan said that he was delighted that the Cuban ace finished on top of the podium.
“It’s starting to sink in a bit.It’s great for me, my family, my club and Team Ireland, said the St John Bosco BC flyweight.
“That makes it all the sweeter that he (Carrazana-Ramerez) won gold. I’m happy that he won the gold. Hopefully, we’ll meet again.
“There’s a lot more to come. In four years time you’ll see me in Rio and hopefully I’ll be lifting what he’s (Carrazana-Ramirez) lifted.”
Meanwhile, Russia’s Egor Mekhontcev claimed Olympic gold today after coming from behind to edge out Kazakhstan’s Adilbek Niyazymbetov on a countback in the light-heavyweight class.
Mekhontcev was well beaten (20-14) by Ireland’s Joe Ward in the Chemistry Cup final in Germany earlier this year.
Vasyl Lomanchenko finished first in the lightweight division. The Ukrainian star, who won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, cruised past Korea’s Han Soon Chul.
Great Britain super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua caused a sensation after staging a stunning comeback to shade Italy’s Roberto Cammerelle on a countback in the final bout of London 2012.
(Italy have lodged a protest at the decision)