Saturday 21 September 2019

Golden girl Kellie Harrington: Medal is my blood, sweat and tears

Kellie Harrington at a civic reception on Sean McDermot Street after winning gold for Ireland at the AIBA World Women's Elite Championships in New Delhi, India. Photo: Arthur Carron
Kellie Harrington at a civic reception on Sean McDermot Street after winning gold for Ireland at the AIBA World Women's Elite Championships in New Delhi, India. Photo: Arthur Carron
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World boxing champion Kellie Harrington spoke of the "blood, sweat and tears" it took to fulfil her boxing dreams, promising fans she's not finished yet.

The 28-year-old golden girl received a hero's reception last night in Dublin's north inner city, with hundreds of locals braving the cold weather on Sean McDermott Street to cheer on their local star. Harrington is from nearby Portland Row.

Winning gold for Ireland in New Delhi on Saturday afternoon, the St Mary's Boxing Club star became the first Irish boxer to win world medals in two different weight categories.

"Here's my blood, sweat and tears," she said, holding her medal up to her fans.

"This is my area, and these are the people I grew up with. They saw me start from the bottom and how I fought my way up to the top.

"To finally reach my goal is amazing, but I'm not hanging up my gloves yet. I have Tokyo in my sights."

Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring, who spoke at the celebrations, criticised Sport Minister Shane Ross for not attending the event.

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