Katie Taylor qualifies for Rio

Katie Taylor qualifies Rio
Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor will defend her Olympic title at the 2016 Games in Rio, after securing qualification at the World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The Co. Wicklow native beat Victoria Torres of Mexico in a unanimous decision to advance to the semi-finals.

All four semi-finalists qualify for the Olympics, which are to be held in August at the Riocentro convention centre.

Taylor is guaranteed at least a bronze medal at this year’s World Championships, as she seeks to defend the crown she has held since 2006.

She next faces France’s Estelle Mossely, with Mira Potkonen of Finland and Russia’s Anastasiia Beliakova completing the last four.

The Lightweight fighter suffered her first defeat in five years when she was beaten by Azerbaijan’s Yana Alekseevna at the European Olympic Qualifiers.

That result meant she was still searching for her berth to fight at the Games, but the defeat of Torres has handed her the chance to retain the gold she won in London.

Taylor, of Bray, is the current Irish, European, World and Olympic champion in the 60kg division and was the only Irish athlete to win an Olympic gold in 2012.

She joins Paddy Barnes, Brendan Irvine, Michael Conlan, David Joyce, Steven Donnelly and Joe Ward as having qualified to represent Ireland at boxing in Rio.

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