Gold for Ireland’s Kellie Harrington
Sport Ireland today congratulated Ireland’s Kellie Harrington on her Gold Medal win in today’s Lightweight final at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Kellie put in an exceptional performance to overcome tough opposition in Brazil’s Beatriz Ferreria to secure Ireland’s second Gold Medal of the Games.
Sport Ireland Chairman Kieran Mulvey said: “Ireland’s Kellie Harrington delivered an absolute masterclass in boxing to secure Ireland’s second Gold Medal of the Tokyo Olympic Games. With today’s win, Kellie joins an illustrious list of boxers that have made Ireland a force to be reckoned with on the international stage. As an ambassador for her community and country, there is no one more passionate and proud than Kellie Harrington. The sheer number of people that had their alarm clocks set for this morning’s fight and the outpouring of pride at the final bell is evidence of the impact that Kellie’s performance and personality has had on the people of Ireland. We are all immensely proud of Kellie and on behalf of Sport Ireland, I extend our congratulations to Kellie, her family, coaches, support staff and all in the Irish Athletic Boxing Association on this magnificent day for Irish sport.”
Sport Ireland Chief Executive John Treacy added: “Kellie Harrington is one of Ireland’s most dedicated and determined athletes and a lifetime of hard work has culminated in a magnificent Gold Medal. Kellie performed when it mattered on the biggest stage of all and this win is thoroughly deserved. Kellie’s approach to both life and sport is an example to young athletes everywhere. Kellie’s pride in her community and her dedication to her chosen sport is clearly evident. As well as her commitment to training, Kellie’s commitment to boxing, raising the profile of the sport and encouraging others to get involved is admirable. Huge congratulations to Kellie and her support team of Bernard, Zaur, John in Tokyo, her club coaches and all involved in supporting Ireland’s newest Olympic Gold Medallist.”