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Extraordinary Photos Of Kellie Harrington's Family Reacting To Gold Medal Victory

Extraordinary Photos Of Kellie Harrington's Family Reacting To Gold Medal Victory

Ireland has its second gold medalist of these Olympics after Kellie Harrington defeated Brazilian Beatriz Ferreira in Tokyo this morning.

Legendary Irish sports photographer Ray McManus of the Sportsfile organisation was around Portland Row to capture the emotional scenes as Kellie's family watched her become an immortal Irish sporting figure.

The photos he took, as day broke over inner city Dublin, are truly extraordinary.

8 August 2021; Children from Portland Row await the start of the bout on a big screen as Kellie Harrington's family and neighbours gather to watch her Tokyo 2020 Olympics lightweight final bout, against Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil, from home at Portland Row in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

8 August 2021; Kellie Harrington's mother Yvonne celebrates with family and neighbours after her Tokyo 2020 Olympics lightweight final bout, against Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil, from home at Portland Row in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
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8 August 2021; Aeo Gately looks on as Kellie Harrington's family and neighbours watch her Tokyo 2020 Olympics lightweight final bout, against Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil, from home at Portland Row in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

8 August 2021; Kellie Harrington's mother Yvonne and brother Chirstopher celebrate after her Tokyo 2020 Olympics lightweight final bout, against Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil, from home at Portland Row in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

8 August 2021; Neighbours of Kellie Harrington's family, from Portland Row in Dublin, celebrate after watching her on a big screen when she won her Tokyo 2020 Olympics lightweight final bout against Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
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8 August 2021; Kellie Harrington's mother Yvonne and her brother Chirstopher and a neighbour celebrate outside their home at Portland Row in Dublin, after her Tokyo 2020 Olympics lightweight final bout against Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

8 August 2021; Neighbours of Kellie Harrington's family, from Portland Row in Dublin, watching her bout on a big screen when she contested the Tokyo 2020 Olympics lightweight final bout, against Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

8 August 2021; Neighbours of Kellie Harrington's family, from Portland Row in Dublin, watch her bout on a big screen as she contests her Tokyo 2020 Olympics lightweight final bout, against Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
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8 August 2021; Neighbours of Kellie Harrington's family, from Portland Row in Dublin, watch her bout on a big screen as she contests her Tokyo 2020 Olympics lightweight final bout, against Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

8 August 2021; Neighbours of Kellie Harrington's family, from Portland Row in Dublin, watch her bout on a big screen as she contests her Tokyo 2020 Olympics lightweight final bout, against Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

8 August 2021; A neighbour of Kellie Harrington's family, from Portland Row in Dublin, Aeo Gately watching her bout on a big screen when Kellie contested the Tokyo 2020 Olympics lightweight final bout against Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
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Harrington is known as the Pride of Portland Row. She's a beloved figure in the area and after this morning's heroic, she'll always be remembered as a true Dublin sporting legend.

Her brother Joel told RTÉ how she did it.

"Kellie did what she does, at the biggest moment and on the biggest stage," he said.

"When others might freeze, she loosened up and expressed herself.

"She won gold for her road, her community, her county, her country and her sport. She's a role model for her sport, a flagbearer for the country. Everything she gets, every ounce she deserves."

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Donny Mahoney
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Donny Mahoney is Chief Sportswriter and one of the founders of Balls.ie

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