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Neil McLaughlin

Full name: Neil McLaughlin
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4.5 (164 cm)
Weight: 112 lbs (51 kg)
Born: May 10, 1948 in Londonderry, Derry, Great Britain
Died: December 23, 2013 in Londonderry, Derry, Great Britain
Country: IRL Ireland
Sport: Boxing

Biography

Born in the Bogside area of Derry in 1948, Neil McLaughlin’s first sport was gymnastics but after a falling out with a teacher at the club he took up boxing. With St. Eugene’s Amateur Boxing Club he was Irish flyweight champion in 1971 and 1972, and was a bronze medallist at the 1971 European Championships in Madrid. At the Munich Olympic Games he recorded victories in his opening two contests but in the quarter-finals was defeated by the Ugandan boxer Leo Rwabwogo. A lifelong Republican, he told the Bloody Sunday Inquiry that he heard bullets "whoosh" over his head as paratroopers fired at him as they moved into Derry's Bogside on Sunday, 30 January 1972. He supported the Peace Process and the Good Friday Agreement, and he worked for Sinn Féin right up until he fell into bad health.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 24 München Boxing Men's Flyweight Ireland IRL 5T

Men's Flyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R T JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP
1972 Summer 24 München Boxing Ireland IRL Quarter-Finals Match #4 2 1972-09-06 Rwabwogo (UGA) , McLaughlin (IRL)
1972 Summer 24 München Boxing Ireland IRL Round Three Match #8 1 1972-09-05 McLaughlin (IRL) , Soheim (EGY) knock-out 2 1:56
1972 Summer 24 München Boxing 7 IRL Round One Match #32 1 1972-08-27 McLaughlin (IRL) , Abakkar (SUD) decision 5 60 60 60 60 59 299
1972 Summer 24 München Boxing Ireland IRL Round Two Match #16 1 1972-08-30 McLaughlin (IRL) walkover
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