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Golden girl Harrington given a world-class welcome home

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World Champion Kellie Harrington with her gold medal. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

World Champion Kellie Harrington with her gold medal. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

World Champion Kellie Harrington with her gold medal. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The St Mary's boxing club was out in force at Dublin Airport yesterday to welcome home champion Kellie Harrington and the Irish squad from the 10th AIBA World Women's Elites in New Delhi, India.

Harrington, who boxes out of the St Mary's BC in Dublin, topped the lightweight podium at the tenth edition of the tournament after beating Thailand's Sudaporn Seesondee on a 3-2 split decision at the Indira Gandhi Stadium on Saturday.

''To stand on top of that podium and have our flag raised above my head was just so emotional for me - the best feeling ever," said the Dubliner, who claimed silver at light-welter at the 2016 World Elites.

Noel Burke, Harrington's trainer at St Mary's and an AIBA 2-Star coach who has also worked Ireland's corner internationally, said it was a proud moment for the Tallaght unit.

''Kellie boxed incredibly well and to be welcoming home a world champion is absolutely fantastic. I've been involved in boxing for a long time, but Kellie sticks out.

"She has incredible drive. She wants to be better every time she steps in the ring, every tournament, every training session. She's an incredible athlete."


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