Ireland's Ciara Ginty created her own piece of history this morning by becoming the first female boxer to win gold at the World Junior Championships in Albena, Bulgaria.
The 16-year-old Mayo native beat Turkey’s Esra Yildiz in today’s 60kg final to secure the top position on the podium after a split decision victory.
The Geesala BC fighter has been in imperious form in these Championships and continued in that vein today with a superb demonstration of counter-punching.
“I’m waiting to get my breath back, “said Irish team manager Anna Moore from ringside in Albena. “What a performance, Ciara was absolutely brilliant.”
It is one of the only championships to have eluded Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor as the first World Junior Championships only took place in 2011.
Macroom BC southpaw Christina Desmond could not emulate Ginty after she was beaten by Kazakhstan's Gauhar Yermekbay in today's 69kg Youth decider and had to settle for silver.
Ginty's fellow Mayo boxer Jacqui Lynch (Golden Gloves BC) had to settle for bronze after defeat in her 48kg Junior semi-final yesterday.