Katie Taylor wins European Gold

Iaba press officer Bernard O’Neill
Katie Taylor claimed her fifth European¬† lightweight title on-the-trot with a composed victory over Sofya Ochigava at the¬† 8th European Women’s Championships in Rotterdam this¬† evening.
The Irish three-time World¬† champion was rarely troubled before being handed a 10-5 decision over¬† the Russian two-time World champion after four,two minutes rounds of¬† tonight’s 60Kg final.
Tonight’s verdict was a case¬† of high fives all round for Taylor – who had the entire Irish squad singing¬† her down to victory this evening –¬† as the win was her fifth¬† in six days at the Championships.
The 10-5 decision was also sweet¬† revenge for Taylor as she was somehow adjudged to have been “beaten” 8-1 by¬† Ochigava at the Usti na Labem Grand Prix in the Czech Republic in March¬† 2010.
“Sofya is one of the best opponents I¬† have ever met and I’m absolutely thrilled with the win. I can’t believe it¬† really. I would like to thank my dad and coaches and the entire Irish squad for¬† all their fantastic support all week, ” said Taylor.
Tonight’s win is also the third gold¬† medal that Ireland has won at European Senior Championships level this year as¬† Joe Ward and Ray Moylette won double gold at the European Men’s¬† Championships
in Turkey in  June.
“Katie is boxing at another level¬† than what she was at last year and she was absolutely exceptional. The entire¬† squad are on a high after this win and we’re absolutely thrilled, ” said Irish¬† team manager
Anna Moore.
Taylor, who led 1-0 after the first¬† against her Russian opponent courtesy of a flashing right early in the frame,¬† resisted the temptation to engage with Ochigava, who was “extending invitations”¬† to mix it, and stretched her lead to 4-1 by the end of the second.
The third frame was another cagey  affair. However, Taylor, once again showing remarkable composure, patiently  build on her advantage en route to a unprecedented haul of European gold  medals for an Irish athlete.
The Bray woman, who was boxing out of  the blue corner tonight,  has now won three World, five European and four  European Union titles Рall in-a-row.

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