OLYMPIC medallists Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan were expected to reach the later stages of the Commonwealth Games and they are now assured of a podium finish. But the rest of the Northern Ireland team has followed their lead magnificently, guaranteeing themselves an astonishing nine medals out 11 athletes. That’s a lot of medals. England for example have got seven, in itself a pretty healthy return. The semi-finals tomorrow (August 1) and finals on Friday (August 2) will determine whether those medals become gold, silver or bronze (the losers of the semi-finals all get bronze medals).
Barnes said, “I think it’s because we have so much self-belief. We fear nobody.”
He continued, “Everyone’s going to win gold. I’m not being arrogant. Everyone’s going to win gold.”