Leitrim Teenager Wins Bronze Medal At Youth Olympics

Leitrim Teenager Wins Bronze Medal At Youth Olympics

Dearbhla Rooney won Ireland's second medal of the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

The teenager, from Manorhamilton in Leitrim, beat New Zealand's Te Mania Rzeka Tai Shelford-Edmonds in a box-off to claim featherweight bronze.

She had previously lost in a semi-final to Thailand’s Panpatchara Somnuek.

"I’m just absolutely over the moon," the 17-year-old told Heather Boyle.

If you told me last year, I never even dreamed that I'd be on the Youth Olympic team, not to mind bringing home a bronze medal.

I was heartbroken yesterday after losing in the semi but she's a strong girl.

Dearbhla, who started boxing aged 11, is a European Youth silver medalist. Last night's win makes her Ireland's fourth boxing medalist at the Youth Olympics.


Dubliner Niamh Coyne last week won silver for Ireland in the 100m breaststroke.

Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

See Also: Niamh Coyne Wins 100m Breaststroke Silver For Ireland At Youth Olympics

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