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Irish boxer Kellie Harrington wins gold medal at Tokyo Olympics

Irish boxer Kellie Harrington will take home a gold medal from the Tokyo Olympics. The Dubliner w...
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

06.18 8 Aug 2021


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Irish boxer Kellie Harrington...

Irish boxer Kellie Harrington wins gold medal at Tokyo Olympics

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

06.18 8 Aug 2021


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Irish boxer Kellie Harrington will take home a gold medal from the Tokyo Olympics.

The Dubliner won the women’s lightweight boxing final against Brazil’s Beatriz Soares.

31-year-old Kellie won the fight by unanimous judges' decision.

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The judges gave the first round to the Brazilian boxer, 3-2.

However, Kellie managed to win the backing of all five judges in round two - and stayed calm to secure the win in the final round.

Brazil's Beatriz Ferreira (right) and Ireland's Kellie Anne Harrington in action during the Women's Light (57-60kg) Final Bout at the Kokugikan Arena Brazil's Beatriz Ferreira (right) and Ireland's Kellie Anne Harrington in action during the Women's Light (57-60kg) Final Bout at the Kokugikan Arena on the sixteenth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Sunday August 8, 2021. Picture by: Adam Davy/PA Wire/PA Images

WATCH: Celebrations in Dublin as Kellie Harrington takes Olympic gold

President Higgins led the congratulations to the Dublin boxer, saying: “My warmest congratulations to Kellie Harrington on winning her gold medal at the Olympic Games.

"Hers is an exceptional achievement, and she is an inspiration for us all.”

Taoiseach Michéal Martin said Kellie's family, community and country were "overjoyed" for her.

It brings Team Ireland’s total medal haul to four - two golds and two bronzes - as the Tokyo games draw to a close.

The Summer Games officially end with the closing ceremony later today, with Natalya Coyle (who competed in the Modern Pentathlon) to be Ireland’s flag bearer.

Main image: Ireland's Kellie Anne Harrington celebrates the win. Picture by: Adam Davy/PA Wire/PA Images

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