Boxer Harrington wins Olympic gold
Irish boxer Kellie Harrington has received an Olympic gold medal after defeating Brazil’s Beatriz Ferreira within the ladies’s 60kg light-weight closing.
She received by a unanimous factors determination to grow to be solely the second Irish feminine boxer to win an Olympic medal after Katie Taylor’s gold in London 2012.
The 31-year-old Dubliner got here sturdy within the second two rounds to beat the reigning world champion.
It was Eire’s eleventh ever Olympic gold medal and their second in Tokyo.
It takes the workforce’s medal haul at these Video games to 4 – two gold and two bronze.
Harrington’s success on Sunday morning was the third time Eire have received Olympic boxing gold, with Michael Carruth profitable the primary one in Barcelona in 1992 earlier than Taylor repeated the success 20 years later.
It was an 18th boxing Olympic medal in whole for Eire, greater than half of the 34 medals received in whole.
Within the males’s marathon, Eire’s Northern Irish trio suffered within the sizzling situations in Sapporo as 30 of the 106 opponents dropped out.
Kevin Seaward was 58th in two hours 21 minutes 45 seconds – over 11 minutes outdoors his private finest – with Paul Pollock was 71st in 2:27.48 and Stephen Scullion dropping out simply earlier than midway.
In biking, in the meantime, Eire’s Emily Kay completed thirteenth within the ladies’s omnium after being concerned in a dramatic crash that included various riders.
Quantity-one seed Harrington, who reached the ultimate after a 3-2 break up determination win over Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee, was behind on three of the 5 judges’ playing cards after the primary spherical.
Nonetheless, she grew in confidence after that and received 10-9 on all of the judges’ playing cards within the subsequent two rounds to take gold by a unanimous determination in what grew to become a dominant show.
Ferreira got here ahead extra in what was a good opening spherical, however Harrington boxing on the again foot however nonetheless touchdown some good right-hand punches.
The Dubliner introduced extra selection to her game in spherical two as she started to get on high with higher motion, boosted by a robust proper hand that she delivered simply seconds after the spherical bought below approach.
A robust left-hand punch from Harrington with simply over a minute of the combat remaining rocked the Brazilian, earlier than the Irish gold medal winner fell to her knees within the ring in emotional scenes after her victory.
Her gold medal success meant Eire completed joint thirty eighth within the Tokyo Olympics medal desk, alongside Israel, which was their highest medal end since they got here twenty eighth in Atlanta 1996.
‘If I might be in two locations at one time I would be at house’
Harrington was massively emotional throughout her medal ceremony and, talking after her victory, praised her coaches in addition to recognising the assist she has been receiving from house.
“I can not sum it up. I’ve simply been going with the circulate, I have not been placing stress on myself and have been taking it every spherical at a time,” she stated.
“I have been having fun with it. Quite a lot of the time I might be pondering ‘what am I doing right here?’ however I’ve loved each second of it.
“I’ve loved the coaches getting the ways proper for me, the excessive efficiency coaches, my membership coach Noel Burke – they work collectively and make the proper components to go on the market and win every combat.
“I can not put it into phrases. If I might be in two locations on the one time I might be at house as properly as a result of I might say the ambiance is incredible.”