Olympic Champions Named Among Ireland’s Most Admired Athletes.

Tokyo gold medallist, Kellie Harrington, and London Olympic champion, Katie Taylor, have been voted among Ireland’s top 3 most admired sports stars, alongside jockey, Rachel Blackmore.

That’s according to Teneo’s Sport and Sponsorship Index for 2021.

Kellie Harrington, who climbed to the top of the podium in Tokyo, having done likewise during qualification in Paris, won 16% of the public vote.

She tied with London Olympic champion, and 20-0 lightweight champ, Katie Taylor, in the public poll.

Both boxers were winners this year of the Irish Times Sportswoman of the Month accolades, and both were nominated for the RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year Award.

Rachel Blackmore, who won the Aintree Grand National this year, and was also champion jockey at the Cheltenham Festival, gained 9% of the vote in the Teneo poll. She won the Irish Times and RTE accolades.

Kellie Harrington’s gold medal in Tokyo was voted top Irish Sporting Achievement of the past year, with 20% of 1,000 people surveyed selecting the Portland Row boxer’s moment of glory as number one