Saturday, May 19, 2012

Four Straight World Championships

Irish female fighter Katie Taylor has won her fourth straight World Championship this morning in Qinhuangdao, China.  In beating  Russian Sofya Ochigava for the gold medal, she has secured a spot in the quarter-finals at the Olympics and is only one win away from a medal.

The victory secured her 13th major gold medal in what was a repeat of the 2011 European final, which Taylor won 10-5 in Rotterdam.

The bout proved a tense and tactical four-rounder and was tied at 4-4 at the end of the first two rounds, but Taylor held her nerve and composure to carve out a two-point (8-6) advantage at the end of the third and claimed the fourth frame 3-1 to secure an historic victory.

And Taylor also landed the best boxer award, which is presented to the best boxer across all 10 weight divisions, in the opinion of the judges.

The Irish team are due to arrive home at Dublin Airport on Sunday at 5.35pm.

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