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Reuters.

Irish Kellie Harrington won an exciting battle against Brazilian Beatriz Ferreira on a moving final day of boxing at the Tokyo Games that saw tears of joy and pain and plenty of skill in the ring as the four last medals were decided.

Cuban Andy Cruz defeated Keyshawn Davis by split decision to win gold in the lightweight men, while the women’s middleweight title was won by Britain’s Lauren Price, who largely passed China’s Li Qian on the way. towards a unanimous decision victory.

In the last fight of the Games, Uzbekistan Bakhodir Jalolov punished American Richard Torrez Jr, his opponent taking a standing count of eight in the second round as the Uzbek won a unanimous decision before falling to his knees in the ring .

Harrington dug deep after narrowly losing the first lap before finding his range and pace. She used her superior size and reach to circle on the outside and score while staying out of reach of her hard-hitting opponent.

The 31-year-old showed her experience late, coming in to land on the body before hanging on to tie up Ferreira and prevent her from fighting back as she became the first Irish woman to win gold since Katie Taylor in 2012 .

“I have no words. The hard work, the dedication, the sacrifice that went into this, the lonely times. The tears,” Harrington told reporters. “My family knows it. My trainer knows it. I cry from the feeling of relief.

“I never had any (gold) expectations. I just came here hoping to play,” she added.

Cuban Cruz comfortably won the first round but lost the second. However, he saved the best for last, knocking out Davis to claim the title.

“My tactics, my punches were very strong,” he told reporters. “I enjoyed my boxing. It was my best performance and it came from the heart.”


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