Sunday 26 May 2019

Katie carries flag and all our hopes

The announcement that boxer Katie Taylor is to carry the Irish flag at the Olympic Games opening ceremony in London this Friday is a welcome acknowledgement of the achievements of perhaps the outstanding Irish athlete of her generation and our best medal hope at this year's summer games.

With five European and four World championships already under her belt, Katie's achievements are already immense.

The whole country will be willing her on to add an Olympic gold medal to that haul.

Of course we can take nothing for granted.

Even for an athlete of Katie's undoubted skill and determination, the competition for medals will be fierce.

An off-day or a bad decision, not unknown in amateur boxing, could yet rob Katie of the medal she so richly deserves and the country so desperately wants.

Still we can't help feeling that, having played such an enormous role in raising the profile of women's boxing which makes its debut as an Olympic sport in London, Katie will do us proud.

After carrying the flag for Ireland at the opening ceremony the whole country will be rooting for the Bray women to bring home the gold.

Irish Independent

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