Minister Varadkar and Minister Ring congratulate ‘Trailblazer’ Katie Taylor on her Olympic gold medal

Ireland achieved an historic Olympic gold medal today as Katie Taylor entered the history books following her win at the first-ever women’s Olympic Lightweight boxing final in the ExCel stadium in London.  Her win marks Irelands 2nd gold medal for boxing at an Olympic event, the first since Michael Carruth achieved gold in 1992.  She becomes the first gold medallist in her category following the inclusion of womens boxing in the Olympic Programme for the first time this year.

 
In the final this afternoon, Katie Taylor displayed yet another performance of superior ring craft against Russian Sofya Ochigava and in doing so, she achieved a personal dream of winning gold. Speaking this evening Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar said:“Katie has already won World and European titles but I think her gold medal win today is the ultimate prize for her.  She is a trailblazer for women’s boxing  and has won the respect and acclaim nationally and internationally of her fellow athletes.  She more than deserves the acclaim she has unanimously received and we are enormously proud of her. I hope she enjoys every moment of her win.  She now joins a very elite group of athletes worldwide who have achieved Olympic gold.  Her win today is not only a wonderful achievement for her, her father Pete and her family but also for Bray Boxing Club, the IABA and our high performance coaches Billy Walsh and Zuar Antia.With 5 medals already, this is Irelands best Olympics performance since Melbourne.”
 
Meanwhile Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring said: “I am really pleased to have had the pleasure of attending the final today and it was fantastic to witness Katie winning gold. Not since 1992 following Michael Carruth’s win in Barcelona has Ireland won gold for boxing and as the result was announced this afternoon, the roof almost lifted here in the Arena.  The atmosphere was simply electric.  I’ve always said that sport can lift the nation and Katie’s win today certainly proves that.  She is a fantastic role model and I hope her win today will inspire others to take up the sport and to follow in her footsteps. Tomorrow, three more of our athletes will compete for medals in the Olympics and as we congratulate Katie on her outstanding achievement today, we wish our other athletes the very best in their endeavours.
ENDS
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Initial Publication Date: 
09/08/2012