08 Aug 2021

Kellie Harrington wins the title in lightweight final in Tokyo

Ireland’s Kellie Harrington faced Beatriz Iasmin Soares Ferreira of Brazil in their lightweight final in Tokyo to take the gold. She also joined the exclusive list of females to win Olympic gold for Ireland, she followed Katie Taylor to become the third female to achieve the feat. It was a close bout over at the Kokugikan Arena, but Ireland’s Harrington managed to beat Ferreira by 5:0. Harrington had long admired Katie Taylor and today on the last day of the Olympics she has penned her name down in history. The 31-year-old had labored hard to get her shot at the gold and convert it into a victory. Taylor had won gold for Ireland at the inaugural women’s Olympic boxing tournament in London to make history for Ireland in Olympics. 

Ferreira relied on her aggressive, exciting style but Harrington’s technical precision overcame easily as she won the hearts in the third round on all five judges’ cards to win. The Bronze medal went to Finland’s Mira Potkonen and Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee.