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Boxing at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Lightweight

Boxing at the 2012 Summer Games:

Events:
Phases:

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 1, 2012
Date Finished: August 12, 2012
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: IRL Katie Taylor
Silver: RUS Sofya Ochigava
Bronze: BRA Adriana Araújo
TJK Mavzuna Choriyeva

Summary

The storyline of the lightweight division at the 2012 London appeared to have been plotted out well in advance. Katie Taylor of Ireland, the outstanding woman boxer of recent years, would overwhelm all her opponents with ease as she bathed in the applause of a vast green clad army of supporters who had followed her across the Irish Sea. And that, more or less, is what happened…

When Taylor stepped into the ring for the gold medal decider against old rival Sofya Ochigava of Russia most of Ireland came to a standstill. 10,000 people gathered to watch on a giant screen in her town of Bray (population 8,000) and inside the Olympic arena the crowd noise soared to an estimated 120 decibels. In truth Taylor’s performance was not one of her best but she rallied after a shaky start to overhaul Ochigava’s early lead and then withstand the Russian’s final onslaught to win by a 10-8 margin. She became the first Irish Olympic boxing champion since 1992 and only the second Irish woman, following the controversial swimmer Michelle Smith, to win Olympic gold.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Katie Taylor 26 Ireland IRL Gold
2 Sofya Ochigava 25 Russia RUS Silver
3T Mavzuna Choriyeva 19 Tajikistan TJK Bronze
3T Adriana Araújo 31 Brazil BRA Bronze
5T Natasha Jonas 28 Great Britain GBR
5T Dong Cheng 25 China CHN
5T Mahjouba Oubtil 29 Morocco MAR
5T Alexis Pritchard 28 New Zealand NZL
9T Queen Underwood 28 United States USA
9T Mihaela Lăcătuş 30 Romania ROU
9T Saida Khasenova 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
9T Rim Jouini 31 Tunisia TUN