Bronze medal for Leah Gallen after narrow loss in Russia

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Leah Gallen will return to Ireland with a bronze medal from the 2018 European Junior Championships.

The Raphoe ABC welterweight lost out to Italian Miriam Tomasone in today’s semi-final in Anapa, Russia.

Gallen, who was making her Irish debut by the Black Sea, had beaten Germany’s Finja Bree in her quarter-final on Friday, sweeping the boards for a 5-0 verdict.

Tomasone edged the first verse of the semi-final, but Gallen was well in the mix for the other two, only to lose out on an agonising 3-2 split decision.

In a scrappy last round, Gallen was deducted a point for holding, a decision that would ultimately prove decisive.

However Gallen returns from her first ever European Championships with a bronze medal – the first in the 30-year history of the Raphoe club. 

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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