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Aoife O'Rourke claims Strandja International tournament gold

Feb 11, 2024 18:25 By Dave Hooper
Aoife O'Rourke claims Strandja International tournament gold
29 June 2021; Middleweight Aoife O'Rourke during a Tokyo 2020 Team Ireland Announcement for Boxing in the Sport Ireland Institute at the Sports Ireland Campus in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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Aoife O'Rourke claimed gold in the 2024 Strandja international tournament.

The Castlerea fighter battled her way onto the top of the podium, winning her final on a split-decision on Sunday.

Now boxing for Olympic Galway, the middleweight beat reigning U22 Asian champion, Baison Manikon. The judges scoring the contest 29-28, 26-30, 28-29, 27-30, 30-27.

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Indeed, the Thai fighter proved a worthy foe and played her part in a very entertaining fight. However, O’Rourke proved her competitive spirit to claim victory across the cards.

O’Rourke has emerged as a real Olympic medal when beating reigning Asian Games middleweight champion and two-time Olympic medal winner Qian Li in the semi-final.

This is the second time the Castlerea fighter has claimed the Standja tournament after last won in 2022.

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