World Semi Final lines up- Taylor and Harrington look to upgrade medals

Katie Taylor and Kellie Harrington will be back in action Thursday at the World Women’s Elite Championships aiming to upgrade their guaranteed bronze medals to at least silver in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The Bray BC and Glasnevin BC lightweight and light-welter assured Ireland of double bronze today after recording last-eight wins over Victoria Torres of Mexico and Zarina Tsoloyeva of Kazakhstan.

Taylor also qualified for Rio 2016 by virtue of reaching the last four.

Grainne Walsh bowed out at the quarter-final stage earlier today.

Wednesday is a rest day at the tournament. Boxing resumes on Thursday. The finals will be held Friday.

Please click here for Thursday’s semi-final program.

RTE will broadcast highlights of today’s boxing at 7.30pm this evening.

AIBA World Women’s Championships Astana, Kazakhstan

May 19th (Last 64)
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Ingrit Valencia (Colombia) 0-2

May 20th (Last 32)
54kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) lost to Diletta Cipallane (Italy) 0-3
57kg Moira McElligot (Ireland) lost to Sati Burcu (Turkey) 1-2
64kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Austeja Auciute (Lithuania) 3-0
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) lost to Khadija Mardi (Morocco) 0-3

May 21st (Last 32)
48kg Donna Barr (Ireland) lost to Kim Klavel (Canada) 0-3
60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Agnes Alexiusson (Sweden) 3-0

May 22nd (Last 16)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) beat Hanna Solecka (Poland) 3-0

May 23rd (last 16)
60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Dayana Sanchez (Argentina) 3-0
64kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Cindy Rogge (Germany) 3-0

May 24th Q/Finals
64kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Zarina Tsoloyeva (Kazakhstan) 3-0
60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Victoria Torres (Mexico) 3-0
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) lost to Valentina Khalzova (Kazakhstan) TKOI2

May 26th S/Finals

60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Estelle Mossely (France)
64kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Sara Kali (Canada)

Irish squad

48kg Donna Barr (Twin Towns)

51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan)

54kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart)

57kg Moira McElligot (St Michael’s Athy)

60kg Katie Taylor (Bray) (Bronze, at least)

64kg Kellie Harrington (Glasnevin) (Bronze, at least)

69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)

75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)

Team manager: Anna Moore

Coaches: Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger, Gerry Storey, Pat McDonagh

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