Michaela Walsh strides through the front door to officially secure Olympic spot – Irish Boxing


Neglect the backdoor Michaela Walsh made certain she strode proudly by way of the entrance door, securing Olympic qualification in fashion at this time.

In line with Irish-boxing.com workings the Monkstown fighter made certain she might qualify through the rankings route with victory over defeated French European and EU bronze medallist Mona Mestiaen in Paris on Friday.

Nonetheless, she didn’t want the failsafe and acquired the job executed herself at this time taking one of many tickets to Tokyo up for grabs in European Qualifiers.

The European Video games, European Championships, and European Union medalist was too good for Stephanie Thour of Sweden within the quarter finals of the restarted contest – and earned Olympic standing through a unamious 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 resolution.

The 2 time Commonwealth Video games medallist by no means appeared in any actual hassle and dominated off the again foot from the primary spherical on.

Walsh now formally joins Kellie Harrington, Aoife O’Rourke, Brendan Irvine and Kurt Walker on Group Eire and can head the Tokyo Olympics later this summer time.

The opening minute noticed a tentative feeling out course of, though Walsh appeared relaxed and comfy up on her toes. Because the spherical progressed she introduced within the backhand and mixtures to win the spherical comparatively simply, regardless of the actual fact one decide gave it to the 22-year-old.

Walsh, 28, started to point out why she was the #2 seed going into the competitors within the second. Her footwork started to frustrate the Swedish feather and her intelligent shot choice started to sting her opponent. The Belfast fighter took the spherical and once more did so with out having to seek the advice of second gear.

She took the spherical throughout the board placing one foot in Tokyo within the course of.

Thour wanted a large spherical to show the tide and to gatecrash the Olympic celebration and did pile ahead however once more Walsh was a category above and turned on the fashion to win the spherical clear once more.

Walsh’s brother Aidan is subsequent up and hoping to safe Olympic qualification for himself as he takes on Yevheni Barabandy of the Ukraine in Ring A.

Kellie Harrington and Aoife O’Rourke joined Kurt Walker and Brendan Irvine as certified Olympians yesterday, which means by the top of at this time Eire might have six boxers going to Tokyo – and if Emmett Brennan wins in a field off tomorrow that would enhance to seven.


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