Saturday 1 October 2016

Heartbreak for Dubliner Kellie Harrington after tough defeat in World Boxing Championships final

Published 27/05/2016 | 12:01

Kellie Harrington Photo by AIBA via Sportsfile
Kellie Harrington Photo by AIBA via Sportsfile

Dubliner Kellie Harrington has been beaten 2-0 in the light welterweight final by China’s Ynag Wenlu in the World championships finals in Astana.

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In a close contest the judges were impressed by the Chinese’s busier style and while one of them voted the contest a draw the other two gave the decision to Wenlu, the reigning Asian champion.

Despite an encouraging start Kellie lost the first round on all three judges’ card. The Chinese busier style obviously impressed the officials.

One judge gave all four rounds to the Chinese girl awarding her contest 40-36; the second judge voted in 39-37 in favour of Wang – which in essence meant Kellie won one of the four rounds on his card while the third judge voted it a level contest 38-38. As the other two judges had given their decision to Wang the third judge wasn’t required to signal which boxer should get the decision.

The pace of the contest dropped considerably in the second round which probably suited the Chinese fighter and the taller Yang finished the round on a high note with a late flourish.

Two of the judges gave the round to the number three seed while one opted for the Irish girl which left her in with a chance.

Harrington stepped up the pace in the third round and caught her opponent with a series of clean punches but two of the judges still gave the Chinese girl the verdict.

Both boxers gave it everything in the final round and Yang took a step backwards on more than one occasion but following the pattern of the judging in the previous rounds two of the judges gave the Chinese light welterweight the decision.

It was bit a magnificent achievement for the Glasnevin BC boxer. On two occasions, Kellie was talked out of retirement by her coach Jimmy Halpin. While she has been competing for ten years she was unheralded at international level these championship.

But despite been unseeded she breezed through the tournament with unanimous wins over Austeja Auciute (Lithuania), Cinde Rogge (German), Zarina Tsoloyeva (Kazakhstan) and  Sara Kali (Canada) to become the first Irish female boxer and only the sixth Irish boxer to reach a World championship and comes home with a silver medal.

Unfortunately there is no Olympic spots for women boxers in the light welterweight category.

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