European Games: Three Irish boxers advance to quarter finals

Kurt Walker won a 4-1 split decision in his opening bout against Zhirayr Sargsyan of Armenia
Kurt Walker was the first Irish boxer in action on the third day of the competition in Belarus

Kurt Walker and Michaela Walsh are among the Irish boxers through to the quarter finals at the European Games.

Welterweight Grainne Walsh also won her last-16 bout but Dean Gardiner lost his super heavyweight contest in Minsk.

Lisburn bantamweight Walker won a split decision against Armenian Zhirayr Sargsyan while Michaela Walsh won 4-1 against Lacramioara Perijoc of Romania.

Grainne Walsh lost the opening round of her fight against GB's Rosie Eccles but recovered to secure a last-eight spot.

There was disappointment for three-time European medallist Kieran Molloy who crashed out after losing to Belarusian Yauheni Dauhaliavets in a 4-1 split decision in their 69kg contest.

Walker was the first Irish fighter into the ring during the opening session and he survived a tough opponent to clinch a 4-1 verdict from the judges.

"He was very good, better than I expected," said Walker.

"He was very fit, very tough and it was his second fight of the week whereas I feel a bit rusty but it will stand to be in the quarter-final bout.

Michaela Walsh and Grainne Walsh also won their fights 4-1 but Gardiner was beaten by the same margin in his last-16 bout.

Magee siblings fight back

In badminton, sister and brother duo Chloe Magee and Sam Magee recovered from losing their opening game to beat Russian pair Evgenii Dremin and Evgenia Dimova 16-21, 21-19, 21-15 in the mixed doubles.

Donegal native Rachael Darragh was unable to match Agnes Korosi, with the Hungarian taking a 21-11, 22-20 win.

Earlier Nhat Nguyen won his opening match in the men's singles by defeating Bulgaria's Daniel Nikolov 21-11, 21-13 but the men's doubles pair of Josh Magee and Paul Reynolds were beaten by 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallists Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis of GB.

In the Mixed Trap shooting, the Irish pair of Aoife Gormally and Derek Burnett secured a sixth-place finish with a total of 133 (45-44-44), with the top four finishers advancing to the medals competition.