World Elite silver medallist Kellie Harrington was edged out by Russia’s Aleksandra Ordina for a place in the quarter-finals of the European Elite Championships this afternoon.
The Russian light-welter earned a split decision after it went back to the judges after two judges scored it either way and a third a draw.
Irish head coach Zaur Antia said that, in his opinion, he thought that the Dubliner deserved to win.
Earlier, Moira McElligott convincingly beat Croatia’s Sara Beram.
The St Michael’s Athy BC feather scored an impressive unanimous decision to join Grainne Walsh, Shauna O’Keeffe and Christina Desmond.
The Irish champion won 40-36 across the board.
All four Irish boxers will meet Russia opponents on Saturday and Sunday for at least bronze.
Please see below attachment for Saturday’s program.
European Women’s Championships Sofia, Bulgaria
(Last 16 bouts unless stated)
54kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) lost to Lacramiora Perijoc (Romania) 0-3
48kg Lauren Hogan (Ireland) lost to Ekaterina Pinigiana (Russia) 0-3
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) beat Marija Petovic (Serbia) TKO3
60kg Shauna O’Keeffe (Ireland) beat Aneta Rygielska (Poland) 3-0
57kg Moira McElligott (Ireland) beat Sara Beram (Croatia) 3-0
64kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) lost to Aleksandra Ordina (Russia) 1-2
60kg Shauna O’Keeffe (Ireland v Daria Abramova (Russia)
57kg Moira McElligott (Ireland) v Natalya Samokhina (Russia)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) v Saadat Abdulaeva (Russia)
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Oksana Trofimova (Russia)
48kg Lauren Hogan (St.Brigids Edenderry)
54kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart)
57kg Moira McElliggot (St Michael’s Athy)
60kg Shauna O’Keeffe (Clonmel)
64kg Kellie Harrington (Glasnevin)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)
75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgans)
Team manager: Noreen Glendening
Physio: Caoimhe Gilmore
Coaches: Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger, Dmitri Dimitruc
R&J: Sadie Duffy