The Nation Mourns – Paddy Barnes Is Out Of The Olympics After The Most Agonising Loss Imaginable
Paddy Barnes – one of Ireland's great hopes for a medal in Rio – is out of the Olympics.
He lost in an agonisingly close circumstances to Spain's Samuel Carmona Heredia, by a split decision that has somewhat appropriately split pundits.
It brings his Olympic campaign to a sadly premature end, and has dashed the hopes of Irish sports fans on Twitter.
Some agreed that Barnes had been well beaten
I though Barnes was well beaten there. He was hitting gloves, the other fella was landing— Colm Parkinson (@Woolberto) August 8, 2016
Exhausting fight. Very tight but Paddy's wry expression at the final bell told the tale— Joe Brolly (@JoeBrolly1993) August 8, 2016
Devastating for Paddy Barnes. He looked wrecked by the end, but I honestly thought he got that third round. #Rio2016— Una Mullally (@UnaMullally) August 8, 2016
Though most pointed out how incredibly tight the bout – and the last round in particular – had been
Ah, that was ludicrously tight. Commiserations to @paddyb_ireland. It was a hell of a first round fight.— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) August 8, 2016
Hugely disappointing end to the Rio Olympics for Paddy Barnes as he loses on a split decision - 28-29, 28-29, 29-28 the scorecard.— Cillian O Conchuir (@killeroc) August 8, 2016
And pretty much everyone was united in being absolutely devo for the massively likeable Irish flag-bearer
Gutted for Paddy Barnes. Gutted. #Rio2016— Ciara King (@iamCiaraKing) August 8, 2016
Gutted for Paddy Barnes— Niall O'Connor (@NiallOCo) August 8, 2016
Including this salient (and sadly true) point...
And cue the morons knocking Paddy Barnes for "tweeting too much" or some shit...— Paul Hosford (@PTHosford) August 8, 2016
Hard luck, Paddy...