Raphoe’s Rachael Darragh wins bronze at Bulgarian International

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Rachael Darragh will return from the Bulgarian International with a bronze medal.

The Raphoe woman, along with playing partner Paul Reynolds, got on the podium in the mixed doubles after a fine week in Sofia.

Reynolds and Darragh defeated France’s Maxime Briot and Sharone Bauer before overcoming English duo Max Flynn and Hope Warner yesterday morning.

That result catapulted the Irish pair into a semi-final. They lost out 21-13 21-16 to Finland’s Anton Kaisti and Inalotta Suutarinen, but the victory over Flynn and Warner ensured a place on the podium and a bronze medal.

In the women’s singles, Darragh just missed out on a medal, losing out to fifth seed Natalia Perminova in a quarter-final.

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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