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Ten Years Ago Today, Katie Taylor Won Gold For Ireland

Ten Years Ago Today, Katie Taylor Won Gold For Ireland
By Luke Delaney Updated

It's quite hard to think that Katie Taylor winning a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics was a decade ago. The Bray native has now gone on to become the greatest female boxer in history and now holds a professional record of 21 fights and 21 wins.

The 2012 games were the first that women's boxing had been allowed in and after defeating Russia's Sofya Ochigava in the gold medal match, it became one of Ireland's greatest ever sporting moments.

It was the first time in 20 years that Ireland had won Olympic gold in boxing, after Michael Carruth in 1992.

Taylor had campaigned to tirelessly to make women's boxing an Olympic sport and before a teeming crowd at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London, she finally had her golden moment.

Best photos from Katie Taylor's Olympic heroics

9 August 2012; Katie Taylor, Ireland, is declared the winner over Sofya Ochigava, Russia, in their women's light 60kg final contest, as Pete Taylor, her coach and father, and Team Ireland technical coach Zaur Antia celebrate the victory. London 2012 Olympic Games, Boxing, South Arena 2, ExCeL Arena, Royal Victoria Dock, London, England. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

 

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9 August 2012; Katie Taylor, Ireland, is congratulated by her father and coach Pete Taylor, right, and Team Ireland technical coach Zaur Antia after she was declared the winner over Sofya Ochigava, Russia, in their women's light 60kg final contest. London 2012 Olympic Games, Boxing, South Arena 2, ExCeL Arena, Royal Victoria Dock, London, England. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

 

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9 August 2012; Katie Taylor, Ireland, before standing for the national anthem Amhran na bhFiann after winning the gold medal in women's light 60kg final. London 2012 Olympic Games, Boxing, South Arena 2, ExCeL Arena, Royal Victoria Dock, London, England. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

 

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9 August 2012; Katie Taylor, Ireland, engages with Sofya Ochigava, Russia, after their women's light 60kg final contest. London 2012 Olympic Games, Boxing, South Arena 2, ExCeL Arena, Royal Victoria Dock, London, England. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

 

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9 August 2012; Bridget Taylor, mother of Team Ireland boxer Katie Taylor, celebrates after Katie Taylor's women's light 60kg final contest against Sofya Ochigava, Russia. London 2012 Olympic Games, Boxing, South Arena 2, ExCeL Arena, Royal Victoria Dock, London, England. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

 

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9 August 2012; Katie Taylor, Ireland, and Sofya Ochigava, Russia, during their women's light 60kg final contest. London 2012 Olympic Games, Boxing, South Arena 2, ExCeL Arena, Royal Victoria Dock, London, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

 

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9 August 2012; Katie Taylor, Ireland, stands for the National Anthem after winning gold in the women's light 60kg. London 2012 Olympic Games, Boxing, South Arena 2, ExCeL Arena, Royal Victoria Dock, London, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

 Iconic commentary from the fight.

As the whole nation watched on, the late RTÉ commentator Jimmy Magee had the whole of Ireland listening and watching. His iconic commentary will live long in the memory of everyone that watched.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIRLZs-OqkU

If you were one of the few not sitting in front of the TV for the fight, then you could have been listening to RTÉ Raideo Na Gaeltachta and an emotional Seán Bán Breathnach describe the action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmSrQUG9HSE

Following the medal presentation, Marty Morrissey interviewed Taylor for RTÉ.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjYaZwjq0TE

Thousands gathered in Bray and across the country to watch the fight. It will be a day that will never be forgotten by those who witnessed it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5qQOAE184w

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