Dundalk’s Amy Broadhurst is just one win away from gold at the 2012 European Women’s Youth and Junior Championships in Poland.
The Dealgan BC featherweight registered a 17-12 decision over Turkey’s Esra Yildiz yesterday to guarantee herself at least silver medal from the tournament.
Broadhurst, whose brother Stephen claimed bronze at the IABA hosted 2011 European Youth Championships in Dublin, will now meet Russia’s Svetlana Khilchenko in Friday’s 57kg Junior decider in Wladyslawowo.
Broadhurst, who has now won three bouts in Poland, was on top from the opening bell en route to what the IABA’s Anna Moore, speaking from ringside in Wladyslawowo, described as a fantastic win.
“Amy boxed incredible well against a tough opponent. It was a fantastic performance and we’re all thrilled with her win “ she said.
Sally Carrig, who boxes out of the Ennis BC, was in against Hungary’s Diana Hegedus, but despite a typically brave display lost out in the 69kg semi-final.
However, the Clare ace does have the consolation of winning a bronze medal at the tournament. Niamh Folan will also be taking home bronze.
Broadhurst has upgraded to silver and will be hoping to go one better on Friday against Khilchenko at the 20-nation tournament.
Khilchenko though one must remember is the World Junior Champion having outpointed Viktoria Virt of Ukraine 34: 12
in the 2011 World final so an exceptionally tough one her for the Dundalk youngster.
The Youth finals – no Irish interest alas – will be decided Thursday..
The Irish team are due to arrive home via Dublin Airport at 11pm on Saturday evening.
Results: 2012 European Women’s Youth and Junior Championships Wladyslawowo, Poland
51kg: Oliwia Samsanow (Ireland) beat Jenna O’Reilly (England) 18-15
57kg: Lycia Heneghan (Ireland) lost to Alessia Canonica (Italy) 3-11
50kg: Nikita Casey (Ireland) lost to Irma Testa (Italy) 5-15
60kg: Siadhbh Greene (Ireland) lost to Grygiel Grazyna (Poland) 0-5
75kg: Niamh Folan (Ireland) beat Delibasi Aysegi (Turkey) 12-4
69kg: Aoife Hennigan (Ireland) lost to Anastasiya Sokolovska (Ukraine) RET4
48kg: Kristina O’Hara (Ireland) lost to Hanna Okhotu (Ukraine) 8-11
57kg: Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Elisabeth Wohlgemuth (Germany) 17-7
48kg: Hanna Carthy (Ireland) lost to Johanna Richet (France) RSC3
51kg: Oliwia Samsanow (Ireland) lost Julia Coroli (Moldova) 11-14
54kg: Christine Gargan (Ireland) lost to Sarah Rostron (England) 8-9
60kg: Kayleigh Murrihy (Ireland) lost to Reyhan Cakir (Turkey) 9-15
54kg: Caoilinn McCormack (Ireland) lost to Adelina Zarubina (Russia) 10-27
75kg: Niamh Folan (Ireland) lost to Matrena Viachkina (Russia) RSC1
57kg: Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Esra Yldiz (Turkey) 17-12
69kg: Sally Carrig (Ireland) lost to Diana Hegedus (Hungary) 10-17
Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Svetlana Khilchenko (Russia)