Kellie Harrington claims gold with victory at the European Games

Ireland’s Jack Marley comes up short during heavyweight final against Italian Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine

Kellie Harrington has won gold at the European Games after an impressive win over Natalia Shadrina of Serbia in the women’s lightweight (60kg) final at the Nowy Targ Arena, in Krakow, Poland.

The Serbian started well, and actually won the first round, but from there Harrington began to stamp her class on the contest, and won two consecutive rounds on a 5-0 score to take gold on a unanimous decision.

Afterwards Harrington said her fight was like a “chess match”.

She said reporters: “In the first round, I wouldn’t say I was asleep but I was in sparring mode, sussing it out and seeing what she was going to bring. I sussed it out that she was jumping in with her shots.


“I came back out when it was 3-2 and I knew I had to put a bit of a push on - but not pushing on silly and getting caught. That’s what I did in the second round.

“I wouldn’t say it was domination. It was more being smart, being tactical. I wasn’t going in to knock anyone out; I just needed to win a chess match; she was trying to jump in. A fight is a fight, a win is a win. You have to do what you have to do.”

Meanwhile Jack Marley will return to Ireland with his first senior international medal and a ticket to Paris 2024 following a unanimous decision defeat to Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine in this evening’s heavyweight (92kg) final.

Marley was delighted with his silver medal saying; “It’s an absolute privilege for myself, and my club (Monkstown BC), my country, friends, family; everyone, I’m just delighted.”

Italian Mouhiidine; a two-time world silver medallist and 2022 European Champion beat Marley 10-9 in all three rounds to take the gold medal on a unanimous decision 5-0.

Tomorrow Boxer Aoife O’Rourke, from Castlerea in Co Roscommon, will contest the middleweight (75kg) final against Davina-Myrha Michel of France; a bronze medallist at last year’s World Championships.

In Kickboxing, Nathan Tait has become the first Irish fighter to reach a European Games final, in the Point Fighting 74kg class, defeating his Swiss opponent, and will contest gold on Sunday.

Team-mate Amy Wall will also contest the Women’s Full Contact 60kg final on Sunday after a comprehensive 3-0 win over Poland’s Kinga Szlachcic.

Conor McGlinchey was the third of the Irish to reach the finals with a last gasp win over his Italian opponent in the 84kg Point Fighting.

Tallaght’s Jodie Brown was narrowly beaten by a Slovenian fighter in her Point Fighting (60kg) semi-final and so leaves these European Games with a bronze medal.

Ireland’s four strong Triathlon team of James Edgar, Erin McConnell, Luke McCarron, and Carolyn Hayes, finished 14th in the Mixed Relay event around the Nova Huta Lake in Krakow on Saturday.

In Canoe Slalom Noel Hendrick and Samuel Curtis finished 28th, and 31st respectively in the semi-final of the Men’s K1. Team mate Madison Corcoran placed 23rd in the Women’s equivalent. Only the top 10 from the semi-finals progressed to the finals.