Elated family, friends and neighbours of Kellie Harrington were out in force today celebrating her bronze medal, at the very least, after the Dublin boxer's quarter-final victory at the Tokyo Olympics.

Harrington’s mother Yvonne, father Christy and brother Christopher and locals came out on the streets in their Portland Row neighbourhood in Dublin’s north inner city waving Irish flags in celebration.

Her proud and relieved mother Yvonne couldn’t even watch the fight, as she was too nervous, but father Christy certainly wasn’t going to miss out on watching his daughter in the big fight during the early hours of this morning.

"It was great. I was confident watching her. She was just focused, so focused. It was like when we were kids getting up to watch Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier," Christy told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

Kellie’s brother Christopher was still "buzzing" hours after his 31-year-old sister beat Algeria's Imane Khelif on a unanimous decision in the lightweight class.

"We’re still buzzing and we’re over the moon, but there’s still a way to go. But it’s fever pitch on the road," said Christopher.

"You’re nervous for her, but in the fight you’re enjoying her and she’s enjoying herself. There’s nothing like it, it’s class.

"Me and my dad were watching her and there’s nothing like it, even aside from the Olympics, you’re thinking about your sister on the telly, it’s priceless. The fact that it’s on the Olympics, that’s a bonus for the family."

Kellie Harrington's mother Yvonne says she is over the moon for her.

"I'm delighted for her, she's worked so hard for this - really hard," she says, " so you get what you deserve don't you really in life?"

While Kellie is guaranteed a bronze her mother doesn't think she will "settle" for that: " Not if I know Kellie - she said she'll go all the way is she can."

She says the neighbours have been fabulous and everyone is rooting for Kellie.

Yvonne said Kellie used to say as a kid that she was going to get to the Olympics and her mother would say she probably will because she is a very determined girl.

So what did it take to get here?

Hard work, sweat, tears, joy, everything you can name - her mother says - she's just so determined.

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