Sunday 11 December 2016

Heartache for Kellie Harrington's parents as she loses in World Championships ... and their TV screens die

Published 27/05/2016 | 12:57

Christy and Yvonne Harrington beside their TV which went off as their daughter Kellie Harrington was boxing in the world championship final for Ireland, she was defeated by China’s Ynag Wenlu
Christy and Yvonne Harrington beside their TV which went off as their daughter Kellie Harrington was boxing in the world championship final for Ireland, she was defeated by China’s Ynag Wenlu
Christy and Yvonne Harrington beside their TV which went off as their daughter Kellie Harrington was boxing in the world championship final for Ireland, she was defeated by China’s Ynag Wenl

It just wasn’t meant to be.

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As her parents sat down to watch Dubliner Kellie Harrington battle it out in the Woman’s World Boxing Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan today, the picture on all three of their television screens inexplicably died.

Christy and Yvonne Harrington beside their TV which went off as their daughter Kellie Harrington was boxing in the world championship final for Ireland, she was defeated by China’s Ynag Wenl
Christy and Yvonne Harrington beside their TV which went off as their daughter Kellie Harrington was boxing in the world championship final for Ireland, she was defeated by China’s Ynag Wenl

But proud parents Yvonne (54) and Christy (57) Harrington just laughed it off.

“It’s just freaky,” said Christy. “We were watching Dr Phil and suddenly it just went blank.”

Although they couldn’t see their daughter in the ring, the sound was still working so they knew that their daughter’s dream of winning the world title had come to an abrupt end when China’s Wenlu Yang beat her.

But they are nonetheless proud of their daughter, who at 26 years old, was the fifth Irish boxer in history to make it to and a world final.

“She done brilliant. I’d say it was a good fight,” he said, laughing.

She also won’t be coming home empty-handed when she arrives back in Dublin tomorrow with a silver medal after beating Canada’s Sara Kali in the semi-final yesterday.

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