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Heartbreak for Michaela Walsh As Split Decision Result Means Silver Medal Finish

Heartbreak for Michaela Walsh As Split Decision Result Means Silver Medal Finish

Michaela Walsh has secured a silver medal after a split decision in the featherweight final at the European Games in Minsk.

The Belfast boxer lost out to Sanimira Petrova in a tense showing. After two opening two rounds fraught with tension and needle, Walsh began to come into range. The Irish boxer took centre ring by the final round and got her right jab working, all the while advancing forward.

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It's a disappointing finale to an exceptional tournament. In the semi-final, Walsh avenged her European Championship semi-final defeat to the Russian last year.

The fight was scored 27:30, 27:30, 28:29, 28:29, 29:28.

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Speaking to Team Ireland after the fight, Walsh explained she thought she did enough: "I thought I got it but it is what it is and I just have to move on."

With Tokyo on the horizon, Walsh will hope to build on this momentum as she continues to build towards 2020.

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