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Tokyo Olympics: Kellie Harrington wins gold at European qualifier

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Kellie HarringtonKellie Harrington has qualified for her first Olympic Games in July

Ireland's Kellie Harrington won a gold medal in the lightweight 60kg division at the Tokyo Olympics European qualifier event in France.

Harrington beat Great Britain's Caroline Dubois on a split decision.

The win will give number two seed and 2018 world champion Harrington a more favourable seeding for July's Games.

Harrington, a European Games silver medallist who is currently ranked world number six, will be making her first appearance at an Olympics.

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The Irish boxer had booked her place at the rescheduled Tokyo Games by winning her quarter-final on Sunday and followed that up with a unanimous points victory over Esra Yildiz of Turkey on Monday.


She defeated 20-year-old Londoner Dubois on a 4-1 decision on Tuesday.

Another Irish fighter, Michaela Walsh, will go for gold against Italy's Irma Testa at featherweight at 17:00 BST on Tuesday.

Two-time Commonwealth Games silver medallist Walsh has also secured her place at the Olympics.



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