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Fans set Olympic noise record for Katie the Great

Lise Hand in London

Published 07/08/2012 | 05:00

Katie is pictured responding to the announcement of her win as fans went wild.
Katie is pictured responding to the announcement of her win as fans went wild.
Ireland's Katie Taylor (R) is declared the winner over Britain's Natasha Jonas after their quarterfinal Women's Light (60kg) boxing match at the London Olympic Games. Photo: Reuters
Ireland's Katie Taylor walks to the ring for her quarterfinal Women's Light (60kg) boxing match against Britain's Natasha Jonas. Photo: Reuters
Ireland's Katie Taylor (L) fights Britain's Natasha Jonas during their quarterfinal Women's Light (60kg) boxing match. Photo: Reuters
Ireland's Katie Taylor (L) fights Britain's Natasha Jonas. Photo: Reuters
Ireland's Katie Taylor celebrates after defeating Britain's Natasha Jonas in their quarterfinal Women's Light (60kg) boxing match. Photo: Reuters
Ireland's Katie Taylor is embraced after defeating Britain's Natasha Jonas. Photo: Reuters
Ireland's Katie Taylor (R) and Britain's Natasha Jonas step out of the ring after their quarterfinal Women's Light (60kg) boxing match. Photo: Reuters
Ireland's Katie Taylor leaves the ring after defeating Britain's Natasha Jonas. Photo: Reuters
Ireland boxers Michael Conlon (top left) and Paddy Barnes (bottom right), lend their support
Irish fans cheer on Katie Taylor during her quarterfinal bout with Britain's Natasha Jonas
Pop star Niall Horan (left) and Willie Devine supporting John Joe Nevin.
Marie O'Connor from Bray can hardly bear to look during the screening of Katie Taylor’s fight at the Bray promenade in Co Wicklow yesterday.

Katie Taylor's Olympic victory yesterday was met with a reception so thunderous its noise level was officially just short of a thunderclap.

Katie is pictured responding to the announcement of her win as fans went wild.

The roof-rattling roar which greeted her victory over Britain's Natasha Jonas to secure at least a bronze medal was measured at 114 decibels. It was a whisper off a clap of thunder -- and a record for these Olympics.

But it was the lightning-fast reflexes of the 26-year-old Katie which electrified the packed crowd of predominantly Irish supporters who cheered her on.

Afterwards, Katie, who will fight Manzuna Chorieva of Tajikistan for silver tomorrow, said: "I knew the support was going to be good here but I didn't realise it was going to be so great."

Irish Independent

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