Aoife O’Rourke is the new European Elite 75kg champion.
The Roscommon middleweight beat Polish southpaw Elziebta Wojcik on a
unanimous decision in Madrid tonight to become the only Irish female
fighter besides six-time titlist Katie Taylor to win gold at this
The final scores unanimously read in favour of O’Rourke at the end
of a fiery encounter with the Castlerea BC ace dominating the second
round after losing out 4-1 in the first. The new champion won the
third across the board.
scores – 30-27 and 29-28,29-28,29-28.29-28 to the NEW European
IABA estimates that the gold for O’Rourke and bronze for Amy
Broadhurst will secure a top four finish in the medals table at
the 31-nation competition – to be confirmed.
Up beat Irish head coach Zaur Antia and Irish coach Damian
Kennedy reckon the future “is green.”
“Aoife was phenomenal,” said Antia. “Brilliant performance and
she’s made history for such a young woman. She has a great
future ahead of her – the future is green.”
Ireland team manager JP Kinsella believes a massive second round
swung it in favour of the Irish titlist.
“A brilliant performance from Aoife and a brilliant result. To
say we are thrilled would be an understatement. She had a huge
second round, absolutely huge,” said Kinsella after O’Rourke
delivered gold from bout No. 124 and the third last contest at
the 12th edition of the tournament.
O’Rourke won three fights en route to gold at the 12th edition
of the tournament.