Taylor moves into the World quarters and to within one win of RIO

Katie Taylor joined Grainne Walsh and Kellie Harrington in the quarter-finals of the 9th AIBA World Women’s Elite Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan today.

The Olympic champion comprehensively beat Argentina’s Dayana Sanchez on a unanimous decision to advance to within one win of at least bronze and a place at the Rio Olympics.

The top four in Astana (the semi-finalists) in the three Olympic weight classes for women – flyweight, lightweight and middleweight – qualify for August’s Olympics.

Harrington and Walsh, boxing in the non-Olympic light-welter and welter classes, and Taylor will be in last-eight action tomorrow.

Harrington secured an impressive victory over Germany’s Cindy Rogge this morning. The Dubliner and Walsh meet Kazakh opponents tomorrow.

Taylor will face Mexico’s Victoria Torres on Tuesday afternoon (Irish time)..

AIBA World Women’s Championships Astana, Kazakhstan

May 19th (Last 64)
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Ingrit Valencia (Colombia) 0-2

May 20th (Last 32)
54kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) lost to Diletta Cipallane (Italy) 0-3
57kg Moira McElligot (Ireland) lost to Sati Burcu (Turkey) 1-2
64kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Austeja Auciute (Lithuania) 3-0
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) lost to Khadija Mardi (Morocco) 0-3

May 21st (Last 32)
48kg Donna Barr (Ireland) lost to Kim Klavel (Canada) 0-3
60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Agnes Alexiusson (Sweden) 3-0

May 22nd (Last 16)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) beat Hanna Solecka (Poland) 3-0

May 23rd (last 16)
60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Dayana Sanchez (Argentina) 3-0
64kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Cindy Rogge (Germany) 3-0

May 24th Q/Finals
60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Victoria Torres (Mexico)
64kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Zarina Tsoloyeva (Kazakhstan)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) v Valentina Khalzova (Kazakhstan)

Irish squad

48kg Donna Barr (Twin Towns)

51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan)

54kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart)

57kg Moira McElligot (St Michael’s Athy)

60kg Katie Taylor (Bray)

64kg Kelly Harrington (Glasnevin)

69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)

75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)

Team manager: Anna Moore

Coaches: Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger, Gerry Storey, Pat McDonagh

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