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Monday 5 December 2016

Evans joy as he takes on final 16 place today

Scott Evans of Ireland celebrates defeating Ygor Coelho de Oliveira
Scott Evans of Ireland celebrates defeating Ygor Coelho de Oliveira

Irish badminton star Scott Evans is a step closer to his dream of an Olympic medal as he moves into the knock-out stages today.

"Last 16 of the @Olympics and I've plenty more in me. Let's keep it going. Thank you everyone for all your support," tweeted Evans after his match.

The Dundrum man landed a place in the last-16 after a 2-1 victory over Brazilian Ygor Coelho de Oliveira - and whipped off his shirt after the victory, the image quickly going viral

Scott's mum Cheryl travelled to Rio, along with her husband Martin (60), and said she was hugely proud of her son.

Praise

"We are having a wonderful time here," she told the Herald.

She also praised brothers Gary and Paul O'Donovan, who took silver in the double sculls rowing event on Friday. "All the Irish inspire each other," she added. "They are always supportive of each other. It's such a nice relationship."

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