Karriss Artingstall beaten in boxing semi-final by Japan's Irie Sena following split decision


Karriss Artingstall beaten in boxing semi-final by Japan’s Irie Sena following split decision by judges and will have to settle for Olympic bronze

Karriss Artingstall claimed Olympic bronze in the women’s featherweight category after being narrowly outpointed by Japan’s Sena Irie in their semi-final at the Kokugikan Arena.

Artingstall had guaranteed a podium position with a razor-thin points win over Australia’s Skye Nicolson last time out but the Briton found herself on the wrong end of a split decision defeat this time.   

She lost the first round to her busier opponent on all five of the judges’ scorecards before bouncing back with more aggression in the second, and four of the five officials had it level going into the last three minutes. 

Irie Sena (right) beat British boxer Karriss Artingstall to advance to the featherweight final

Irie Sena (right) beat British boxer Karriss Artingstall to advance to the featherweight final

Artingstall was left with the bronze medal after judges gave the first and third rounds to Sena

Artingstall was left with the bronze medal after judges gave the first and third rounds to Sena

It was a nip-and-tuck affair, with both fighters landing telling blows, but in the end three of the judges scored the contest 29-28 in Irie’s favour.

Artingstall was guaranteed at least the bronze after beating Australia's Skye Nicolson

Artingstall was guaranteed at least the bronze after beating Australia’s Skye Nicolson 

It was a nip-and-tuck affair, with both fighters landing telling blows, but in the end three of the judges scored the contest 29-28 in Irie’s favour.

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