Aidan Walsh joins sister Michaela as a double Olympian after Bangokok qualifying success

A picture of Aidan Walsh during the Tokyo Olympic Games
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Aidan Walsh will join his sister Michaela at their second Olympics after he secured his place at the Paris games. The west Belfast siblings will both be participating at this summer's showpiece after Aidan bagged his spot at the qualifying event in Bangkok.

It was a successful event for the Irish team who will now have 10 boxers travelling to the Summer Games, a record for the Ireland boxing team. Michaela had already secured her ticket to Paris last June, but it brother Aidan had to wait a while longer to secure his place.

The Tokyo bronze medallist knew the event in Thailand was his last chance after he was beaten in his second bout at the first world qualification tournament in Milan at the start of May. In Bangkok he came through the hard way bouncing back from defeat earlier in the tournament to win the four-fighter box-off securing a unanimous-decision victory over Angel Gabriel Llanos Perez of Puerto Rico to secure a berth in the 71kg category.

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Despite picking up a medal in Tokyo Aidan was disappointment with how things ended as a freak injury forced him out of the semi-finals and the chance to compete for silver or gold. The Walsh's became the first Irish brother and sister to qualify for the Games in boxing following their selection for the Tokyo Games.

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