If lightweight boxing sensation Katie Taylor wasn't a national
hero on the Emerald Isle before today, she certainly will be
The 26-year-old romped to a 10-8 victory over other Russia's
determined Sofya Ochigava in this afternoon's Olympic final.
Taylor's fast footwork and combinations were simply too good for
Ochigava to compete with.
The Irish favourite didn't make the most rapid of starts and
sometimes had to take the odd counterpunch but turned the tide back
in her favour in the second and controlled things from there.
When the final bell sounded there were unbelievable scenes of
jubilation in the crowd as a large and vociferous Irish contingent
started a party that is sure to go on well into the night.