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World championship silver for Kellie Harrington after defeat in close-fought final

Wenlu Yang of China is the new women’s world champion at 64kg.

Harrington: only the second Irish woman to win a medal at the worlds.
Harrington: only the second Irish woman to win a medal at the worlds.

KELLIE HARRINGTON WILL take home a silver medal from the Women’s World Boxing Championships after she was narrowly beaten by Wenlu Yang this morning.

There was little to choose between Harrington and her Chinese opponent for much of the light-welterweight final in Astana, Kazakhstan.

But Yang, the reigning Asian champion and the division’s third seed, did just enough to shade most rounds and take the points decision.

One ringside judge scored the fight a 38-38 draw but the others sided with Yang, scoring it 39-37 and 40-36 in her favour.

For Harrington, it remains a remarkable achievement which saw her become only the fifth Irish boxer to contest a senior world championship final.

And she joins five-time champion Katie Taylor as only the second Irish woman to win a medal at the worlds.

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‘She’s over the moon but she’s not stopping there’: Kellie Harrington has her sights set on gold

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