Kellie Harrington secured Ireland’s guaranteed sixth medal of the European Games in Minsk last night when winning her Quarter-final bout against Italy’s Irma Testa.
It was an end to a spectacular day in the ring when Michaela Walsh, Grainne Walsh and Kurt Walker also won their respective quarter-finals.
Michaela Walsh was first into the ring and put on a stunning exhibition of boxing to secure a memorable victory over current World Champion and number one seed, Ornella Wahner of Germany on a 4-1 split decision.
“Since she won gold in my weight my eyes have been on her – I’ve been wanting to fight her for a long time,” said Walsh.
“I boxed her as a youth boxer in the semi-finals of the World Championships, and she beat me by one point and stole my dream of becoming a youth world champion, so I wasn’t going to let her steal my dream of becoming a European Games champion. Thankfully I’m into the next stage now, but I’m not satisfied yet – the job’s not done yet.”
It’s been a stunning week of qualifiers and quarter final bouts for the boxers with some superb performances and results.
— Team Ireland (@TeamIreland) June 26, 2019
Ireland has already reached the tally from the first European Games four years ago and Gymnastics gets underway tomorrow with high hopes there and elsewhere across the 63 athletes we have competing.
Nhat Nguyen progressed to the last 16 in Badminton while Jenny Egan secured a place in the B Final of the 200 metres canoe sprint.
Team Ireland is performing to a very high degree and what’s best about it is that it is coming less as a surprise than with a level of real expectation.
Sport for Business will have an interview next week with Liam Harbison of the Sport Ireland Institute and Scott Comber of SAS Analytics, one of the key partnerships that is helping to bring about real optimism and confidence in the camp.
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