Republic of Ireland international footballer Katie Taylor has won a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics after winning in the women's lightweight boxing final
Wins over British boxer Natasha Jones in the quarter-final (26-15) and Mavzuna Chorieva of Tajikstan (17-9) in the semi-final saw Taylor progress to the first ever Women's Olympic Lightweight Boxing Final.
In a rematch of the 2012 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships Final, Taylor met Russian boxer Sofya Ochigava. In the May event, Taylor recorded an 11-7 victory, to retain her world title. Taylor has taken gold at each of the last five World Championships, with Irish women's international manager Noel King praising her in 2006. "She is a tremendous competitor and whether it is football or boxing she will always give it 100 per cent commitment. I am thrilled for her, and her family, who have always been tremendously supportive of her football and boxing careers,” said King.
A Leeds United fan thanks to her Yorkshire-born father, Taylor is a 15-time Ireland international, making her most recent appearance in a green jersey during 2009 European Championship Qualifiers.