Women's European Boxing Championships: Record-Breaking Medal Haul for Ireland

Women's European Boxing Championships: Record-Breaking Medal Haul for Ireland Women's European Boxing Championships: Record-Breaking Medal Haul for Ireland
Grace Fisher

Three more fighters from Team Ireland secured at least a bronze medal each last night at the Women's European Boxing Championships in Montenegro.

Caitlin Fryers, Kellie Harrington, and Aoife O'Rourke will now all progress to the semi-finals and a chance at silver or gold; they join Tuesday's quarter-final winners Shannon Sweeney, Michaela Walsh, Amy Broadhurst, and Christina Desmond for a record-breaking seven guaranteed medals for Team Ireland.

Only welterweight Kaci Rock failed to progress last night after a valiant battle with Stefanie von Berge, a 5-0 decision going to the German 27:30, 29:28, 27:30, 27:30, 29-28.

Belfast's 52 kg Caitlin Fryers was awarded a closely-fought 3-2 win over Bulgaria's Zlatislava Chukanova, 30:27, 28:29, 28:29, 29:28, 30:27.

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Reigning Olympic lightweight champion Dubliner Kellie Harrington also won in a 3-2 split, narrowly defeating English Shona Whitwell with scoring 27:30, 29:28, 27:30, 29:28, 29:28.

Roscommon's Aoife O'Rourke was 2019 European middleweight champion; she's one step closer to defending that title after her 4-1 win over Turkey's Busra Isildar, scored 28:29, 29:28, 27:30, 27:30, 27:30.

The four bronzes guaranteed yesterday were already a record for Ireland, whose previous best was three in the 2019 tournament; seven is undeniably historic.

Today is a rest day in the tournament. Semi-finals are set for Friday and finals for Saturday. All bouts will be streamed on the EUBC's YouTube channel.

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