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Kellie shows her medal to 10-month cousin Erin Duffy. Photo: Arthur Carron

Kellie shows her medal to 10-month cousin Erin Duffy. Photo: Arthur Carron

Kellie shows her medal to 10-month cousin Erin Duffy. Photo: Arthur Carron

Ireland's new women's world lightweight champion boxer Kellie Harrington arrived home to a hero's welcome, saying if her win "can inspire just one girl to succeed" then it was more valuable than gold.

Kellie (28) arrived at Dublin Airport, admitting she had not slept since the weigh-in on Saturday for the AIBA World Elite Women's lightweight title in New Delhi.

Believing

"I've always had the mentality of being a strong-minded person so once I set my mind on something I know I can achieve it," said Kellie.

"Once I started believing I was going to be world champion I knew I could do it.

"It's been very difficult to get to this point but it's the difficulties that make this so worth it.

"It's those difficulties that make a person and with great losses come great success.

"To stand on that podium and get the gold medal was so emotional. It hasn't quite sunk in yet. But if I can help encourage just one girl that's more important than any medal."

Kellie's family, including her mother Yvonne (57) and father Christie (59), were at the airport to welcome their daughter home.

"I always knew my daughter could do this. She always believed, so we just knew. I'm incredibly proud," Christie said:

Dublin's north inner city community turned out in force to cheer Kellie home.

"To walk through these doors as a world champ is to give back something to Dublin 1," she said. Lord Mayor Nial Ring will host a civic reception in Sean McDermott Street tonight at 6pm.

"All in the north inner city, Dublin and Ireland are so proud of her," he said.

"I look forward to us all showing her how much her success means to her community."

Among those extending their congratulations was Olympic hero Katie Taylor, who said on Twitter: "All that hard work paying off, well deserved."


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