Nothing like waiting until the last minute. Just hours before Irish boxer Paddy Barnes was scheduled to enter the ring for the light-flyweight semi-final, his father, also named Paddy, revealed that he didn’t have a ticket.
The Twitterverse had his back.
— Chris Hinchey (@IstyH) August 10, 2012
— Faye Donnelly (@fayed85) August 10, 2012
Paddy barnes father must get a ticket for the fight today – can twitter come to the rescue? – please rt
— mourne seafood (@mourneseafood) August 10, 2012
Paddy Barnes Dad just got a ticket! Roll on 1.30. #teamireland
— Gerry Campbell (@campbell_gerry) August 10, 2012
The International Olympic Committee came through for the boxer’s old man.
IOC got Barnes Family additional tickets
— Carál Ní Chuilín-Nigh do lámha ✊ (@CaralNiChuilin) August 10, 2012
Barnes won’t be taking home the gold, but at least his dad got to see him fight.
What a superb performance by Paddy Barnes. Such a pity to be beaten on a count back – 45 / 44
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) August 10, 2012
Paddy Barnes has won a bronze medal in the boxing at the Olympics after losing his semi-final to China's Zou Shiming. #london2012
— Sky Sports Mobile (@SkySportsMobile) August 10, 2012
— Belfast City Council (@belfastcc) August 10, 2012
Barnes also won a bronze in Beijing and will be the first Irish boxer to take home medals at consecutive Olympic games.