O’Rourke wins third European gold

Castlerea’s Aoife O’Rourke won her third European Elite Boxing title in Belgrade yesterday when she defeated her Russian opponent Anastatia Shamonova on a split decision in the 75kg final.

The contest was always close although the Roscommon woman finished strongly to tilt the decision in her favour.

Her third European gold medal is a phenomenal achievement and is top class preparation for the Olympics in Paris later in the year.