Irish in action today
10.45am: Athletics – Men’s 5,000m heats
Not the brightest of starts for the Irish team in the Olympic Stadium – only Derval O’Rourke and Joanne Cuddihy have made it out of heats to date – and Alistair Cragg faces a major challenge to make it to Saturday’s final in the 5,000 metres. “Good news: I’m in heat 2!” he tweeted after yesterday’s draw “Bad news: it may be the deepest 5000m field ever!”
2pm: Boxing – Women’s lightweight
While there may be a perception out there that Katie Taylor has already fought her final following Monday’s thrilling bout with Natasha Jonas, today’s semi-final meeting with Mavzuna Chorieva will be no cakewalk for the Bray lightweight. Taylor made short work of the Tajik at the World Championships in May, winning 16-6 in the semi-finals, but Chorieva is capable of mixing it with the best of them on her day.
8.45pm: Boxing – Men’s light-flyweight
Paddy Barnes will know exactly what to expect against Devendro Singh Laishram in today’s quarter-final of the light fly, both fighters taking part in a joint training camp between the Irish and Indian teams at the National Stadium in June. Barnes, a bronze medallist in Beijing four years ago, will be guaranteed at least the same colour again if he can defeat the 20-year-old.