Christina Desmond improved Ireland to 2 and 0 at the World Elite Women’s Championships in Ulan-Ude, Siberia today.

The Cork welter beat England’s Commonwealth champion Sandy Ryan on a 4-1 split decision to book her ticket into the last 16.

The Rebel southpaw, whose backhand repeatedly stung the Derby orthodox, won the first round on the unofficial cards, and Ryan, benefiting from a surprise public warning for slapping, claimed the second.

However, Desmond, a former European bronze medallist, put the foot on the gas in the final 30 seconds of a close bout to seal victory and join Ceire Smith in the last 16.

The final scores read 29-27 and 29-27 to Desmond and 29-27 to Ryan and two 28-28, 28-28 scores but when it went back to the judges that marked it even to select a winner they opted for Desmond (4-1).

She’ll now meet Canada’s Myrian Da Silva next Wednesday. The Quebec-native and Pan American finalist is the No. 5 seed in the welter class in Ulan-Ude.

Meanwhile, Belfast feather Michaela Walsh, the No. 5 seed in Ulan-Ude, meets Carmara Fatoumata of Mali for a place in the last 16 tomorrow.

Amy Broadhurst meets Germany’s Maya Kleinhans on Sunday.



World Women’s Elite Championships Ulan-Ude, Siberia, Russia

October 4

Last 32

69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Sandy Ryan (England) 4-1

October 5

Last 32

57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Carmara Fatoumata (Mali)

October 6

Last 32

60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Maya Kleinhans (Germany)

October 8

Last 16

51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) v Mi Choi Pang (North Korea)

October 9

Last 16

69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Myriam Da Silva (Canada)


October 4

Last 32

69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Sandy Ryan (England) 4-1

October 3

Last 32

51kg: Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Taylah Robertson (Australia) 5-0

Irish squad

51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan)

57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown, Antrim)

60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)

69kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)

High-Performance Director: Bernard Dunne

Head coach: Zaur Antia

Dimitry Dimitruk and Damian Kennedy