Rio 2016: Ireland unveil first Olympics selection

Michael Conlan won gold at the 2015 World Amateur Championships
Michael Conlan won gold at the 2015 World Amateur Championships

London boxing medallists Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes are among the first competitors to be selected by Ireland for the Olympics in Rio.

Badminton player Chloe Magee from Donegal is also included in the group of 14 athletes announced on Friday.

Conlan, 24, got a bronze in the 2012 Games and last year became Ireland's first male world champion by winning bantamweight gold in Doha.

Barnes is hoping to win a third medal having taken bronze in 2008 and 2012.

The 29-year-old light-flyweight from Belfast will carry the Irish flag at the opening ceremony in Rio on 5 August.

Ireland have initially unveiled a six-strong boxing squad but there are more fighters still hoping to qualify.

Badminton star Magee, 27, will be going to her third Olympics, having competed at the Beijing and London Games.

The full Ireland team is expected to number in the region of 85 athletes across up to 14 sports.

Ireland's first Olympic selection
BadmintonScott Evans, Chloe Magee
BoxingMichael Conlan, Paddy Barnes, Joe Ward, Stephen Donnelly, BrendanIrvine, David Oliver Joyce
GymnasticsKieran Behan, Ellis O'Reilly
RowingSinead Lynch, Claire Lambe, Paul O'Donovan, Gary O'Donovan

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