KELLIE Harrington, the 31 year old boxer from Portland Row in Dublin, with connections in Kill and Caragh in Kildare, has won gold in Tokyo after a stunning performance in defeating Brazil’s Beatriz Ferreira, in the Women’s Light Final early on Sunday morning.
Although losing Round 1 to her opponent from Brazil, who hadn’t been beaten in two years, Harrington fought back with precision and composure to take an unanimous decision in the end.
Speaking after the fight Olympic Champion Harrington said, “I feel relief. Every fight has been a tough fight, a gold medal fight. I can’t wait to get home. There have been times in my career when people said the whole country was behind me and I felt the whole country was behind me today. I know I have made the whole country proud, no matter the colour of the medal. It’s just amazing.”
President Michael D Higgins sent his congratulations to Kellie 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.”
Boxing continues to be Ireland’s most successful Olympic sport.