Thursday 12 December 2019

Taylor wins world gold

Ireland's Katie Taylor claimed her record-equalling fifth consecutive gold medal at the Women's World Championships in South Korea on Monday.

Taylor beat Azerbaijan's Yana Allekseeva by unanimous decision to match the achievement of India's Mary Kom, who won five titles between 2002 and 2010.

Ireland team manager Anna Moore said: "We are absolutely delighted and this is a very proud moment for us. Katie was magnificent here today."

England pair Lisa Whiteside and Sandy Ryan were forced to settle for silver medals after losing their respective finals.

Whiteside lost a narrow split decision to American Marlen Esparza in the 51kg division while Ryan was beaten by Russia's Anastasia Beliakova at 64kg.

Whiteside, who moved down in weight to fill the position vacated by the injured Nicola Adams, believes she can continue to stake her claim to top billing.

Whiteside said: " It feels phenomenal I to have won a silver medal and have reached the world championship final.

"I am looking forward to pushing on from this performance next year as I know that I have so much more to give and can still improve."

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