Olympics-Boxing-‘Small but mighty’: Irish flag bearer celebrates gold in rowing

World boxing champion Kellie Ann Harrington said Ireland was above their weight at the Tokyo Games and praised the performance of the country’s rowers after winning a first Olympic gold in the sport.

Standard bearer Harrington, who won her first bout in the lightweight prelims on Friday, said the Irish squad were in force to celebrate the victory of Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy in the men’s lightweight pair on Thursday . “It was fantastic,” Harrington told reporters after her unanimous decision victory over Italy’s Rebecca Nicoli. “We were all out giving them the guard of honor (at the Olympic Village). It was absolutely brilliant.”

“It’s great for our country, for Ireland.” We are a small country but we are a strong team. We all support each other – no matter what sport … We are all there for each other, “added Harrington, who works part-time as a cleaner at a mental hospital in Dublin.

Later in the day, welterweight Aidan Walsh picked up a split decision victory over Mauritian Merven Clair to secure at least one more bronze medal for Ireland. “I’m over the moon,” said Walsh, who said he looked up from the stands for his sister to confirm if he won the fight. Michaela Walsh competed in the featherweight class in Tokyo.

Irish featherweight Kurt Walker delivered a startling shock on Wednesday when he beat world champion Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov of Uzbekistan in the prelims.

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