European Bronze for Desmond who loses semi final in Sofia

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Cork’s Christina Desmond saw her European Championships journey come to an end this evening.

The Fr Horgan’s middleweight had guaranteed bronze in Bulgaria on Sunday, but could not upgrade to silver as she was beaten by Frenchwoman Maily Nicar.

The Rebelette southpaw began strong in Sofia, ramming home the backhand left with much success. The rangey Gaul Nicar would grow into the bout as it wore on however and, as Desmond tired late on, she would claim victory on the scorecards.

The loss today draws an end to Ireland’s participation at the tournament, and the team leave with Desmond’s medal. The Leesider became Ireland’s third ever medalist at the championships following Clare Grace and Katie Taylor.

European Women’s Elite Championships Sofia, Bulgaria
(Last 16 bouts unless stated)
November 15th
54kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) lost to Lacramiora Perijoc (Romania) 0-3

November 16th
48kg Lauren Hogan (Ireland) lost to Ekaterina Pinigiana (Russia) 0-3
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) beat Marija Petovic (Serbia) TKO3

November 17th
60kg Shauna O’Keeffe (Ireland) beat Aneta Rygielska (Poland) 3-0

November 18th
57kg Moira McElligott (Ireland) beat Sara Beram (Croatia) 3-0
64kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) lost to Aleksandra Ordina (Russia) 1-2

November 19th
60kg Shauna O’Keeffe (Ireland) lost to Daria Abramova (Russia) 0-3

November 20th
57kg Moira McElligott (Ireland) v Natalya Samokhina (Russia) 0-3
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) lost to Saadat Abdulaeva (Russia) 0-2
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Oksana Trofimova (Russia) 3-0

November 22nd
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) lost to Maily Nicar (France)

Irish Squad
48kg Lauren Hogan (St.Brigids Edenderry)
54kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart)
57kg Moira McElliggot (St Michael’s Athy)
60kg Shauna O’Keeffe (Clonmel)
64kg Kellie Harrington (Glasnevin)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)
75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgans)

Team manager: Noreen Glendening
Physio: Caoimhe Gilmore
Coaches: Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger, Dmitri Dimitruc
R&J: Sadie Duffy

Joe O'Neill

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