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Going for gold! Kellie Harrington books her place in the world championship final

Harrington beats Sara Kali to guarantee world championship silver at minimum.

Kellie Harrington: faces Wenlu Yang in the 64kg final on Friday.
Kellie Harrington: faces Wenlu Yang in the 64kg final on Friday.

Updated 11.45

KELLIE HARRINGTON TOOK her place among an elite group of Irish boxers as she booked her place in the world championship final.

Harrington dominated Canada’s Sara Kali for a unanimous points win in their light-welterweight semi-final in Astana this morning.

The three ringside judges scored the contest 39-37, 40-34 and 40-36 for the Dubliner, who is now guaranteed a silver medal at minimum — and will box for gold on Friday.

But she will have her work cut out against China’s Wenlu Yang, the reigning Asian champion at 64kg.

Yang, who is seeded third, won her semi-final against Australia’s Skye Nicolson by unanimous decision.

Harrington becomes just the fifth Irish boxer to contest a senior world championship final, joining Katie Taylor, Jason Quigley, Michael Conlan and Joe Ward.

Taylor, who is gunning for her sixth straight title in Kazakhstan this week, fights in her own lightweight semi-final later today.

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