Published Wednesday, 08 August 2012
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Barnes makes history
Family celebrate win
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Barnes narrowly won the first round by a score of seven points to five at the ExCel Arena in London on Wednesday evening.
But his performance improved in the second round, while the Indian fighter was deducted two points for careless use of the head.
Barnes went on win it 10-5 to open up a comfortable lead of 17-10.
However he didn't have it all his own way in the third and final round.
Laishram came out swinging and the Irishman, who was warned for pushing, ended up losing the round by six points to eight.
However with the final score at 23-18, Barnes will now progress to the semi-finals on Friday with at least a bronze medal secured.
It means he will become the first Irish boxer to win two medals in consecutive Olympics, following his bronze at the Games in Beijing in 2008.
And in a twist of fate he will face Zou Shiming of China - the man who ended his dream of winning gold four years ago.
Back in Belfast, friends and family of Barnes gathered in a local bar to watch the fight.
There were scenes of juibilation as the result was announced, and Gareth Barnes - Paddy's brother - told UTV he is the "proudest brother in the world right now".
He said: "I can't describe it, it's amazing.
"I knew he was going to get it, he trains so hard and he just went for it."
Bridin Noble, Paddy's auntie, said: "We're just absolutely over the moon.
"It's what he's trained for, he always said he was coming back to the Olympics and to go for gold and now he's just progressing."
Barnes' victory comes after success for his Belfast teammate Michael Conlan, who also secured at least a bronze medal by reaching the flyweight semi-finals, and Katie Taylor of Team Ireland who will fight for gold after reaching the women's lightweight final.