Wednesday 20 September 2017

WATCH: 'They told me I'd never see women box in the Olympics' - Katie Taylor revisits Olympic gold medal win

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2012 Olympic gold medalist Katie Taylor celebrated the fifth anniversary of her Olympic gold medal win by posting a highlights video of her victory on Twitter.

Taylor defeated Russia's Sofya Ochigava in the Olympic final in London to become the first ever Olympic female lightweight champion.

Women's boxing had never been previously accepted by the IOC until the 2012 Games, with the Olympic Council ruling that women's boxing would not offer added value to the Olympic programme at previous Games.

However, the IOC's decision in 2009 to lift the barrier on women's boxing for the 2012 London Olympics was a landmark moment for the sport and an opportunity that Taylor quickly capitalised upon.

The Bray native has since gone on to build a perfect 6-0 record in professional boxing, however, on Friday she took a brief moment to reflect on her Olympic success.

Taylor wrote on her Twitter account: "5 yrs today I achieved my life-long dream of Olympic Gold, after many years being told that this dream was impossible.

"It's time to stop thinking small,dreaming small,It's time to break through self imposed limitations..It's time to Wage War on the Impossible."

 

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