Tokyo Olympics: Irish boxer Kellie Harrington into women’s light final

Kellie Harrington in semi-finals action in Tokyo
Kellie Harrington repeated her 2018 World Championship final win over Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee
Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button and online; Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sports Extra and Sounds; live text and video clips on BBC Sport website and app.

Irish boxer Kellie Harrington has reached the women’s light final at the Olympics after a 3-2 split decision win over Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee.

Harrington, 31, repeated her 2018 world championship final over the Thai fighter although it was a desperately close contest in Tokyo.

The Irishwoman edged the first round with three of the five judges.

But the fight remained in the balance going into the final round before she clinched her tight verdict.

Harrington has become only the second Irish women’s boxer to win an Olympic medal and will hope to match Katie Taylor’s 2012 feat in London by winning gold on Sunday when she takes on either Brazil’s Beatriz Ferreira or Finland’s Mira Potkonen.

Ireland have won one gold so far in Tokyo after the rowing success of Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy in the men’s lightweight double event, with the country also having clinched two further bronze medals.

More to follow.

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