Bronze for Karriss Artingstall in women’s boxing after semi-final defeat

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Team GB have a first confirmed boxing medal in Tokyo after Karriss Artingstall claimed Olympic bronze in the women’s featherweight category after being narrowly beaten by Japan’s Sena Irie in their semi-final.

An earlier win over Australia’s Skye Nicolson had guaranteed Artingstall a medal but she failed to reach the gold medal bout after a split decision defeat.

She lost the first round to her busier opponent on all five of the judges’ scorecards before bouncing back with more aggression in the second, and four of the five officials had it level going into the last three minutes.

It was a nip-and-tuck affair, with both fighters landing telling blows throughout, but in the end three of the judges scored the contest 29-28 in Japanese fighter Irie’s favour.

Irie will now fight Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines for the gold medal next Tuesday. She beat Irma Testa of Italy comfortably in her semi-final.

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