Irish boxer Kellie Harrington assured medal, marches to semi-final in Tokyo

Irish boxer Kellie Harrington assured a medal after beating Algeria’s Imane Khelif in Tokyo Olympics quarter final yesterday. Harrington qualified for semi-final with an authentic victory against Khelif after a 5-round match in Women’s Lightweight Boxing. With this winning, Ireland has secured 4 medals in total so far in this Olympics.

“Sometimes you think of getting here, and never think of getting medals or anything. Sometimes I think I’m lucky… You can’t be that lucky to be winning all these things and then end up here and have a bronze medal in my bag from the Olympic Games.” Harrington told RTE after the match.

Everything I’ve achieved, I owe it to Noel Burke, my club coach at home and I owe it to these men (citing coaches in Tokyo) and the rest of the Irish high performance team. My teammates as well for all the sparring and the preparation, all the support we give each other,” she added

The 31-year-old Dublin based boxer’s victory was with a score of. In the semi-final on Thursday, Harrington will face Sudaporn Seesondee of Thailand. She can pursue for gold or silver if she wins the match or can fly back with a bronze medal from Japan.

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