Dublin southpaw Michael Carruth won welterweight boxing gold at the 1992 Games. The 1992 Barcelona Games was Carruth’s second appearance at the competition.
In Seoul 88, boxing at lightweight, Carruth had a first-round bye, before defeating Satoru Shingu Higashi of Japan 5-0. He then lost to George Scott Cramme of Sweden.
In Barcelona, things went far better. Carruth also had a first-round bye at the Catalan Games, before defeating Maselino Tuifao of Samoa 11-2 in the round of 16.
Carruth then beat Andreas Otto of Germany on a countback in the quarter-finals. In the last four he beat Arkhom Chenglai of Thailand 11-4.
In the final, Carruth secured gold with victory over Juan Hernandez of Cuba, on a 13-10 scoreline.
Carruth’s gold was Ireland’s first ever boxing gold at the Games.
Ireland’s second medal at the 1992 Games was a bantamweight silver won by Wayne McCullough.
Like Carruth, the Pocket Rocket also competed at the 1988 Games, where he was the Irish flag carrier.
His route to silver in Barcelona started with victory over Fred Mutewa of Uganda, followed by victory over Iraq’s Ahmed Ghmin Aboud.
He then defeated Mohammed Sabo of Nigeria, before seeing off Li Gwang-Sik of North Korea. He lost the final to Cuba’s Joel Casamayor on a 14-8 scoreline after an incredibly courageous performance.
Written by: Tadhg Peavoy
Edited by: Tom Hunt