Tuesday 17 September 2019

Harrington secures medal but Broadhurst exits in tears

Kellie Harrington on the way to beating Caroline Veyre of Canada in the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Elite Championships in New Delhi
Kellie Harrington on the way to beating Caroline Veyre of Canada in the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Elite Championships in New Delhi

Bernard O'Neill

Kellie Harrington banked a second successive medal at the Women's World Elite Championships in New Delhi yesterday.

But Dundalk southpaw Amy Broadhurst received a controversial public warning and was denied at least bronze on a 3-1 split decision against India's Simranjit Kaur in the light-welter quarter-final.

Harrington, a silver medallist at light-welter at the 2016 Worlds, became the first Irish boxer to win a medal at the World Elites at two different limits after beating Canadian lightweight Caroline Veyre yesterday.

The 28-year-old Dubliner scored an unanimous win by 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 to guarantee herself at least bronze and set up tomorrow's clash with Karina Ibragimova of Kazakhstan. Ibragimova beat China's Wenlu Yang, who defeated Harrington in the 2016 World final, yesterday. Ireland head coach Zaur Antia said: "Kellie was fantastic. She was very relaxed, very focused. She boxed excellently in the first and second rounds and she won, that is the thing."

Meanwhile, Broadhurst left the ring in tears after the judges called it 3-1 to Kaur.

Broadhurst impressed in rounds one and two with simple but effective two-punch combinations.

Kaur was floored by what looked like a legitimate Broadhurst left hook in the third but the Egyptian ref ruled it a slip.

The Irish fighter was then given a public warning for hitting with the inside of the glove moments after the knockdown when it appeared that the punch was a straight left to the head.

Bernard Dunne, the Irish team manager, commented: "Amy was unlucky. She performed exceptionally well and has a great future ahead of her. She did herself, her club and her country proud in a very close fight.''

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