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Kellie Harrington wins Olympic boxing semi-final in Tokyo

Harrington faced Thai opponent Sudaporn Seesondee.

IRELAND’S KELLIE HARRINGTON is through to Sunday’s Olympic boxing final in the lightweight division after today’s semi-final win.

kellie-harrington-in-action-against-sudaporn-seesondee Ireland’s Kellie Harrington in action against Sudaporn Seesondee of Thailand Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Harrington, already assured of a bronze medal, will now fight for gold after defeating her Thai opponent Sudaporn Seesondee on a split decision at the Kokugikan Arena.

She emerged victorious by the narrowest of margins on that split 3-2 decision with three judges scoring 29-28 in Harrington’s favour, while two went 29-28 for Seesondee.

In the final Harrington will take on Brazil’s Beatriz Ferreira after she won the second semi-final against Mira Marjut Johanna Portkonen from Finland.

Harrington had won her quarter-final on Tuesday against Algeria’s Imane Khelif, while she had opened with round of 16 success last Friday over Italy’s Rebecca Nicoli.

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In a cagey opening round, Harrington got a positive start with the judges awarding it 3-2. But the second round was desperately close again, by the end of it she had a two point lead on two judges’ cards, it was level on two more while Seesondee was ahead on the last judge’s card.

And after the final round, Harrington got the nod on that split decision to secure a passage to Sunday’s final, which will take place at 6am Irish time on the last day of the Games.

There she will become the eighth Irish boxer to contest an Olympic final after John McNally (1952), Fred Tiedt (1956), Michael Carruth and Wayen McCullough (both 1992), Kenneth Egan (2008), John Joe Nevin and Katie Taylor (both 2012).

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