Christina Desmond to return home with bronze after semi-final defeat in Sofia
She lost to Maily Nicar18:55 Tuesday 22 November 2016, 18:55 22 Nov 2016
Christina Desmond has missed out on silver at the European Championships in Sofia.
The Cork middleweight was beaten on a split decision in the past few moments by Maily Nicar of France.
Desmond had already been guaranteed bronze by beating Russia’s Oksana Trofimova on Sunday in the quarter-final in order to qualify for the semi-finals.
That result ensured that Desmond joined Katie Taylor and Clare Grace as the only other female Irish boxers to medal at this event - with Taylor the only one to progress to the final.
But a victory would have given her a chance to battle for gold as she lost by split decision to Nicar.
Desmond was also a medalist at the World University Games, winning bronze.
It is Ireland's only medal after world silver medallist Kellie Harrington exited before the quarter-final stage.
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