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02nd Jul 2023

Kellie Harrington completes medal collection with European Games Gold

Rory Fleming

Kellie Harrington

Having secured Olympic qualification the day prior, Harrington went on the complete the perfect medal quartet.

Kellie Harrington claimed Gold on Saturday evening at the European Games in Krakow, Poland.

Outshining her opponent Natalia Shadrina from Serbia, the Dublin boxer claimed a unanimous decision in the women’s lightweight (60kg) final.

With last night’s victory, Harrington now holds the auspicious record of having won Gold at the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the European Championships, and now the European Games.

Harrington had secured Olympic qualification for next summer’s Paris Games the day prior following her qualification for the final.

Speaking after the bout, the boxer said that the fight had felt like a “chess match”.

“I wouldn’t say it was a domination. It was more being smart, being tactical. I wasn’t going in to knock anyone out, I just needed to win a chess match; she was trying to jump in”.

“A fight is a fight, a win is a win. You have to do what you have to do”, exclaimed Harrington.

Kellie HarringtonHarrington now holds the auspicious record of holding Olympic, World Championship, European Championship and European Games Gold. (Credit: Sportsfile)

In the night’s other fight which would have drawn Irish attention, fellow Dubliner Jack Marley fell to defeat in the men’s heavyweight final.

Losing out to Italian Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine, the 20-year-old was unable to match the skill of the more experienced World silver medalist.

Marley did however also secure Olympic qualification having defeated Spain’s Enmanuel Reyes Pla in Friday’s semi-final.

Still in a buoyant mood despite the defeat, Marley reflected on the bout by saying;

“He’s been around the block. He’s world number two at the moment, European champion from last year, so today was a tough one. I thought I gave him a good go, I left a little imprint for the Games”.

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