Aoife O'Rourke and Kellie Harrington claim golds in Sofia tournament

The Irish fighters both triumphed on the back of unanimous calls by their respective judges
Aoife O'Rourke and Kellie Harrington claim golds in Sofia tournament

Kellie Harrington reacts after defeating Sudaporn Seesondee of Thailand in their women's lightweight semi-final bout at the Kokugikan Arena during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Pic: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Aoife O’Rourke joined Kellie Harrington in claiming a gold medal at the 73rd annual Strandja tournament in Sofia on Saturday evening.

Harrington had marked her return to the ring for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics by claiming her gold medal earlier in the day in Bulgaria.

The Dubliner claimed the top step on the podium by earning a unanimous decision from her lightweight division fight against Serbian Natalia Shadrina.

O’Rourke, a 2019 European champion from Roscommon, also came out trumps in the eyes of all five of her judges. She proved too strong for the 32-year old 2014 world champion Atheyna Bylon of Panama in the middleweight class.

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