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 finalIreland women's international footballer Katie Taylor has become Ireland's first gold medalist at the London 2012 Olympics after recording a 10-8 victory in the final of the Women's Lightweight Boxing at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre.
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.