Jack Quann
Jack Quann

06.45 5 Aug 2021


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Ireland's Kellie Harrington is through to the women's lightweight boxing final at the Olympics in Tokyo.

The Dubliner will fight for gold following a 3-2 split decision win against Thailand's Sudaporn Seesondee.

The bout on Thursday was a repeat of the World Championship Final in 2018, where Harrington claimed gold.

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She has secured at least a silver medal at the Tokyo games, and will fight Brazil's Beatriz Ferreira on Sunday.

Earlier this week she overcame Algeria's Imane Khelif via a unanimous decision.

She is now a European, World and Olympic medalist.

On Tuesday her brother Joel told Newstalk Breakfast her win brought a great boost to the local community.

"I think Kellie's main priority is bringing a bit of positivity to the area and it's certainly done that.

"The road and the area is absolutely bouncing this morning".

Joel says the family would like to be in Japan to support her, but that there's not much they could do if they were there.

"We'd love to be there, but she's fine on her own; even if we were over there we wouldn't be around Kellie or anything like that.

"None of us in the family would talk too much to Kellie when she's competing, there's not really a lot we can say to her.

"She's a high performance athlete, so it's what she does and we just leave her to it."

Ireland has now secured one gold, at least a silver and two bronze at the Olympic Games.

Main image: Kellie Harrington (left) reacts after defeating Sudaporn Seesondee of Thailand in their women's lightweight semi-final bout at the Kokugikan Arena during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Picture by: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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