Kellie Harrington Secures Place In Olympic Final After Tense Win In Tokyo

Kellie Harrington Secures Place In Olympic Final After Tense Win In Tokyo

Ireland Kellie Harrington has booked her place in the Olympic lightweight final after a victory over Thailand's Sudaporn Seesondee this morning.

This looked like an incredibly difficult bout to call in the buildup, although the Dubliner did beat this same opponent in the World Championships final in India in 2018.

There was also a sense that Harrington could fight with the pressure off in a sense, with the insurance that she already had a bronze medal secured.

She began this contest the stronger of the two, landing some strong shots as her opponent looked a little bit hesitant. Seesondee grew into the round as it went on, but Harrington would take it on three of the five judge's scorecards.

The 31-year old started somewhat slower in the second round, although she did finish strongly. Harrington led on two scorecards, with two more having it as a draw, and the final one scoring it in favour of Seesondee as we entered the last round.

The third round would decide the fight.

However, Harrington did look the stronger of the two in the final round. It was set to be a close call, with both fighters felt they won the fight.


In the end, Harrington would come out on top in a split decision.

The Irish woman was in tears as she walked away from the ring, showing what it meant to her to secure the silver medal.

Kellie Harrington will now face into a final at 6am on Sunday morning, hoping to turn that silver medal into a gold.

Should she manage to do so, the Dubliner would be only the third Irish boxer to claim gold at the Olympics.

She will have the entire country behind her.

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Gary Connaughton

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