Kelly Harrington secures super SILVER at World Championships

Kelly Harrington has guaranteed Ireland a sensational silver medal at the AIBA World Women’s Elite Championships in New Delhi.

The Dublin lightweight beat Kazakh youngster Karina Ibragimova in the semis in the Indian capital this afternoon to secure, at least, a second successive second place finish at this level.

Harrington beat Canada’s Caroline Veyre on Tuesday to guarntee a podium finish and is now just nine minutes from gold following a controlled outboxing of Ibragimova.

A cagey encounter, the St Mary’s stylist was the better-quality fighter throughout, landing smart counters to take every round on every card to seal her passage to the final.

Harrington will face Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee in the gold medal decider.

November 16th
Last 32
60kg Kelly Harrington (Ireland) beat Troy Garton (New Zealand) 5-0

November 17th
Last 32
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Gabriela Dimitrova Bulgaria) 3-2
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Lacramiora Perijoc (Romania) 4-1
64kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Ekaterina Dynnik (Russia) 4-1
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) beat Ya Chu Yang (Taipei) 5-0

November 18th
Last 16
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Sarita Devi (India) 3-2
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) lost to Noella Perez (Argentina) 2-3

November 19th
Last 16
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Namiki Tukimi (Japan) 2-3
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) lost to Alessia Mesiano (Italy) 1-4
64kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Ani Hovsepyan (Armenia) 5-0
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) lost to Lauren Price (Wales) 0-5

November 20th
60kg Kelly Harrington (Ireland) beat Caroline Veyre (Canada) 5-0
64kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Simranjit Baath Kaur (India) 1-3

November 22th
60kg Kelly Harrington (Ireland) beat Karina Ibragimova (Kazakhstan) 5-0

Irish squad
51kg Ceire Smith (Virginia)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown)
60kg Kelly Harrington (St Mary’s) (Silver, at least)
64kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)
69kh Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea)

Team manager: Bernard DunnE
Coaches: Zaur Antia & Dmitry Dimitruk
Physio: Muireann Harte


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Joe O'Neill

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