Dubliner Harrington now joins Belfast bantam Michaela Walsh in tomorrow’s finals in Cascia.
Harrington outboxed Rio Olympian and former underage sensation Irma Testa of Italy. Switch-hitting throughout with incisive attacks, the Dubliner was on top against the home favourite for the duration to claim a unanimous decision win deservedly bag a silver.
The St Mary’s boxer will now face Katie Taylor’s Olympic conqueror Mira Potkonen in the final.
Minutes later Walsh was in the ring in her semi final and was involved in a real battle with German Nadine Apetz. The heavy hitting Walsh got stronger as the bout went on and forced a standing count in the closing seconds of the final round.
However it was not enough and the Sparticus star was extremely harshly adjudged to have lost on a split decision – and was absolutely furious when the result was called
European Union Women’s Championships Cascia, Italy August 4th/13th
54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Ebonie Jones (England) 5-0
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Kinga Szalachcic (Poland) 4-1
48kg Kristina O’Hara (Ireland) beat Saru Lehtonen (Finland) 5-0
51kg Carly McNaul (Ireland) lost to Wassila Lkhadiri (France) 2-3
57kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) beat Kinga Mezovari (Hungary) 5-0
54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Julia Coroli (Moldova) 5-0
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Ditteajaaja Frostholm (Denmark) 5-0
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) beat Lauren Price (Wales) 3-2
48kg Kristina O’Hara (Ireland) lost to Roberta Bonatte (Italy) 1-4
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) lost to Nouchka Fontijn (Netherlands) 0-5
57kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) lost to Ornella Wahner (Germany) 0-5
54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Helena Envall (Sweden) 5-0
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Irma Testa (Italy) 5-0
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) lost to Nadine Apetz (Germany) split
54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Azize Nimani (Germany)
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Mira Potkonen (Finland)
48kg Kristina O’Hara (St John Bosco)
51kg Carly McNaul (Ormeau Road)
54kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown Antrim) (Silver, at least)
57kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart)
60kg Kellie Harrington (St Marys) (Silver, at least)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus) (Bronze)
75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)
Team Manager/High-Performance Director: Bernard Dunne
Coaches: Dmitry Dimitruc and Jimmy Payne
Physio: Maureen Harte
R&J: Jim Murrin