MEDAL ALERT: Kelly Harrington guarantees brilliant BRONZE at World Championships

Kelly Harrington has guaranteed Ireland at least one bronze medal at the AIBA World Women’s Elite Championships in New Delhi, India.

The Dublin lightweight beat Canada’s Caroline Veyre on a unanimous decision in this morning’s 60kg quarter-final, putting in a classy performance to take her place in Thursday’s semi-finals.

Harrington, a silver medallist at light welter in 2016 in Kazakhstan, has now won her second successive medal at this level and fourth major medal in total following her EU silver and European bronze in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

The St Mary’s stylist got her shots off early and often in all three rounds against Veyre to claim a unanimous decision win over an opponent she had already beaten in the 2017 Celtic Box Cup final in Dungarvan in 2017,

Harrington will meet Kazakhstan youngster Karina Ibragimova on Thursday for a place in Saturday’s lightweight finals.

The other semi-final sees Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee, who upset Mira Potkonen, face South Korean Yeonji Oh.

“We are very happy with Kelly. She was very calm and patient and it was a fantastic performance today,” said Irish head coach Zaur Antia.”

Meanwhile, Dundalk light-welter Amy Broadhurst is in quarter-final action versus Indian home favourite Simranjit Baath Kaur at approximately 12.30pm (Irish time) today.

The fight can be watched live below:

A win for Broadhurst, who has won two fights so far on her World Elite debut in India, will assure Ireland of at least a second bronze.

Tajikistan’s Shoira Zulkaynarova and China’s Dan Dou meet in the corresponding quarter-final.

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)

November 22th
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Karina Ibragimova (Kazakhstan)

Irish squad
51kg Ceire Smith (Virginia)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown)
60kg Kelly Harrington (St Mary’s) (Bronze, 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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