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29th Jun 2019

‘Representing Ireland it’s Grainy Walsh’ – Bronze medal announcement mishap

Jack O'Toole

Grainne Walsh performed admirably at the 2019 European Games in Minsk and won a bronze medal after she was defeated by eventual winner Karolina Koszewska on Friday.

Walsh and namesake Michaela both received medals on Saturday with almost opposite reactions as the Belfast woman snarled at her loss to Stanimira Petrova of Bulgaria in their final while Grainne could not help but laugh as the announcer botched the pronunciation of her name.

Michaela was in a less humorous mood as the loss to Petrova still clearly stung but she guaranteed that she would not fall short the next time.

“I’m very disappointed,” said Walsh.

“I felt I could have got the fight but the level is so high here that the fights are always going to be close. Today she got the not but I’ll use this as a springboard towards Tokyo.

“Tokyo [Olympics] are my main focus. I’ve had one of the hardest draws here and I thought on the day that I could have got it but as I said the level is so high. It was going to go either way.”