23rd May 2022
Team Ireland has finished in 2nd place behind hosts Turkey in the overall medals standings at the recent Women’s World Championships. 73 nations, and 310 boxers, contested the tournament in Istanbul, which came to an official end on May 20th with a second day of finals. The top five countries at the tournament are: Turkey, Ireland, India, Kazakhstan and Italy.
May 19th was a red letter day for Irish boxing – St. Bronagh’s ABC Amy Broadhurst won her 63kg final over Algeria’s Imane Khelif and, less than 15 minutes later, Olympic BC Galway Lisa O’Rourke also claimed gold with victory over Mozambique’s Alcinda Helena Panguane.
Amy Broadhurst and Lisa O’Rourke are now ranked World No. 1 in their respective weight divisions. 2 more Team Ireland boxers gained World ranking status, after winning through to the quarter final stage. 52kg Carly McNaul and 57kg Michaela Walsh are both ranked 5th.
IBA rankings show that every Team Ireland boxer claimed a victory in the tournament, a feat not achieved by over a third of competitor nations. In all, Team Ireland contested 24 bouts, with 17 wins.