On the day he received his bronze medal, boxer Aidan Walsh is already targeting a higher podium position at future Olympics.

And while it very much a case of what might have been for the Belfast welterweight after he was forced to withdraw from the semi-final due to the ankle injury sustained in celebrating victory in his previous bout, it's still a "historic moment" to have claimed bronze.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the medal presentation, he said: "This medal is for all the family back home, my parents, my girlfriend, my coaches, the high performance coaches, my club. Everyone who took time out of their lives at one stage of their life to put it to mine. Unbelievable.

"It's a historic moment for me to come away with a bronze medal. I'm a European medallist and now I'm an OIympic medallist - if someone had told me years ago when I walked into the boxing club that I would be an Olympic medallist - well what can I say.

"I'll always remember watching the greats. I was talking to Hugh Russell (1980 Olympic silver medallist) before I came out here and I told him I'd have done anything to be in a position to have a bronze medal and to be in this position."

Walsh also paid tribute to his sister Michaela, who earlier fought at these Games.

"I would cut this medal in half for my sister because she deserves it as much as I do," he added.

"To be in a team alongside my sister is a blessing, it surpasses it all. It's an amazing team."

Walsh confirmed that he has fractured his ankle, but the 24-year-old is already looking beyond the pain towards a chance of being among exalted company again.

"It's great to be standing on the podium alongside three other top athletes," he said. "In the future I want to keep improving and hopefully stand on a higher podium."