Kellie is our Golden Girl

by Gazette Reporter
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DUBLINER Kellie Harrington produced the fight of her life to strike Olympic gold  after defeating Brazil’s Beatriz Ferreira in the women’s 60kg lightweight final on Sunday morning.

The north inner city star came back from losing the first round to pulverise her opponent with a masterclass of ring craft. By the end of  round three she had chalked up a unanimous points decision from the five judges to become only the second Irish female boxer to win an Olympic medal after Katie Taylor’s gold in London nine years ago.

8 August 2021; Kellie Harrington of Ireland stands for the playing of the Irish national anthem after receiving her gold medal after defeating Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil in their women’s lightweight final bout with at the Kokugikan Arena during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The 31-year-old Dubliner came strong in the latter rounds to overcome the reigning world champion.

Her victory brought Ireland’s 11th ever Olympic gold medal and saw the medal haul in these game rise to four – two gold and two bronze.

Our golden girls follows in the footsteps of fellow Dubliner Michael Carruth who won the first boxing gold in Barcelona in 1992 before Bray lass Taylor did the same in 2012.

8 August 2021; Neighbours of Kellie Harrington’s family, from Portland Row in Dublin, celebrate after watching her on a big screen when she won her Tokyo 2020 Olympics lightweight final bout against Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

As her brother Joel said later in interviews on Sunday, it was Kellie’s ability to free herself from the shackles of pressure and expectation to cooly plot a victory path on the hoof that will long be remembered for those who got up to watch the 6am bout on their televisions.

Her grace in victory was also exemplary as was the emotional way she responded to the playing of Amhrán na Bhfiann after being presented with the medal on the winner’s rostrum.

PHOTO – Sportsfile


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