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  • 11:00
    Today is the day that the Olympics has been building to (from an Irish viewpoint anyway) - Katie Taylor fights for gold in the women’s lightweight boxing final against Russia’s Sofya Ochigava . Watch the country come to a standstill at 4.45pm.

    Only one other Irish athlete is in action today…or that should be, only one other athlete was in action today – high jumper Deirdre Ryan failed to clear 1.90 in the women's high jump and bowed out of the Olympics this morning. Not that you’d know - RTE were unable to show any of Ryan’s jumps. Something tells me they’ll have no such problems when it comes to screening Taylor’s fight this afternoon.

    Before then we’ve plenty more action to keep you occupied. This is Day 13 – let’s hope that’s an unlucky date for Ochigava. Come on Katie!
  • 11:05
    Deirdre Ryan’s Olympics are over (Dave Thompson/PA Wire)
    Deirdre Ryan’s Olympics are over (Dave Thompson/PA Wire)
  • 11:08
    Sofycha Ochigava has been drumming up a bit of controversy ahead of her bout with Katie Taylor. She has claimed that the judges favour the Irish woman.

    Ochigava said, “When you fight Katie you are already minus 10 points. You are fighting the judges and the whole system and they will try to give her too many points.”

    For more on that read this - http://www.irishtimes.com/sports/other/2012/0808/1224321786833.html
  • 11:11
    Senator Eamonn Coughlan is on talking about how the Olympics can either be a ‘coronation or crucification.’ I wonder is a crucification anything like a crucifixion?
    Petty? Maybe. Funny? Certainly.
  • 11:18
    Between The Daily Telegraph calling Katie Taylor British and Sofya Ochigava saying that the judges favour the Bray lightweight – you might be interested to know that there has been more favourable comments from some sections of the boxing world.

    US boxing coach Basheer Abdullah has been full of praise for Katie Taylor, comparing her mentality to that of Muhammad Ali. He said of Taylor:

    “She's a true champion. When you look back at the great ones in boxing, the Ali's, they wanted to compete against the best. And that's the same mentality Katie Taylor has."
  • 11:38
    DM NOW Take Note Boys and Girls of this Irish Times Olympic Blog. I have to say for the first 11 Days of this Olympics your service has at best been at the Bronze level, Yesterday you stepped it up a bit and I would say that the service was Silver. You only have a few days left and I would urge you to up the performance again ( a push towards the finish so to speak), Frankly I am expecting GOLD service from here to the end, so get the Coffee no open the Red Bull and Give us what we want - We want GOLD. ( Seriously - Thanks for the GREAT service - have really enjoyed it this far)
  • 11:38
    Belfast men Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan will bring back Olympic boxing medals for Ireland. The colour of those medals has yet to be decided but there is more good news for boxing in the north. Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín has pledged £3m in additional funding for boxing clubs in Northern Ireland.

    The Sinn Féin MLA said, “This is about small clubs putting in huge investment in terms of their time and skills into people like Paddy and Michael.”

    Ní Chuilín added, “In communities across the north, boxing is much more than a sport, it is a lifesaver.”

    No doubt Unionists will be delighted at the prospect that money being spent in Northern Ireland could potentially be used to strengthen the Irish boxing team in future.
  • 11:45
    Just to let you know – Deirdre Ryan cleared 1.85m on her second attempt in the women’s high jump but then failed in all three of her attempts to clear 1.90m and will not therefore progress to Saturday’s high jump final. Hard luck Deirdre!
  • 11:50
    Deirdre Ryan’s personal best in the high jump is 1.95 but she couldn’t clear 1.90 today. Unfortunate!
  • 11:54
    kev why would unionist be upset...they don't fight for republic of ireland they fight for Ireland...same as Rugby, Cricket and numerous other sports.
  • 11:57
    Boxers from Northern Ireland can opt to represent Ireland or Great Britain. Unionists might not be happy if money is pumped into boxing where the majority of those who participate in the sport go on to represent Ireland.
  • 11:57
    Roadrunner Considering all the positive spinning of Katie's achievements by the government & bray council...let's not forget that St.Fergal's has only recently been given a grant towards shower & toilet facilities of €24,000.
  • 12:00
    So 500 Gaeltacht student have recorded a tribute video/song for Katie Taylor – Behold ‘Croílár na Féile!’ Maith sibh!

    An bhfuil cead agam dul go dtí an leithreas?
  • 12:00
  • 12:02
    DublinerOnTour Just realised flight back to Bangkok lands at 22:20 (16:20 back in Dublin). By the time we clear the Hell that is BKK immigration we'll have missed Katie's fight! Seriously considering missing flight and taking 17hr bus back tomorrow...
  • 12:03
  • 12:14
    Let’s head to the track and no, I don’t mean to the dogs (I went to the dogs a long time ago). It’s time to catch up on the action that happened there this morning.

    Ashton Easton of America still leads the men’s decathlon after the discus this morning. Belgium’s Hans Van Alphen (he sounds like a baddie from a Disney movie) won Group A of the discus. Overall leader Easton actually finished in last place in Group B. Despite that Easton still leads in the standings with a score of 6409.

    His compatriot Trey Hardee is in second place with a total of 6309 after finishing second in Group B of the discus this morning.

    The pole vault, javelin and 1500m are the three events left to complete. 
  • 12:15
    lor Tá suil agam go bhfuil sí sa Bród club! maith thú scoilaire!
  • 12:15
    Queen4 Amhrán iontach!! An bhfuil na lyrics le fáil aon áit ar an idirlinn?
  • 12:18
    In case you missed it, I shared a tribute video/song that 500 Gaeltacht students have recorded in honour of  Katie Taylor. You can check out the video here. The lyrics (as Gaeilge) are underneath the video on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXZ0Z2CjogQ
  • 12:23
    In case you hadn’t heard the women’s beach volleyball final was won by the USA last night. They beat...the USA in the final. That seems wrong in a team event, no?
  • 12:30
    Earlier, Trinidad & Tobago set a new National Record in heat one of the men’s 4 x400m semi-final with a time of 3:00.38. That was enough to win heat one. Great Britain and Cuba were the other qualifiers from that race.

    In heat two, the Bahamas and the USA both posted a season’s best time of 2:58.87 to progress. Russia finished third in heat two in a time of 3:02.01 to also make it through to tomorrow’s final.
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  • 12:37
    There has been a whole lot of disqualifying going on in the men’s 4 x 400 –  Dominican Republic and Venezuala lose out, meaning  Belgium and Poland take the two fastest runner-up spots and will compete in tomorrow’s final.
  • 12:39
    Here is a list of the women high jumpers who made it through to Saturday’s final. Unfortunately, Ireland’s Deirdre Ryan is not one of those jumpers as she failed to clear 1.90m

    http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/women-high-jump/phase=atw071100/index.html
  • 12:44
    I probably should forewarn you all. If (sorry, when) Katie Taylor wins this afternoon I will be posting Spandau Ballet’s ‘Gold’ in the immediate aftermath of the fight. I don’t care how much of a cliché it is. We don’t get to do it that often. Deal with it.
  • 12:51
    Ireland’s Deirdre Ryan spoke of her disappointment after being eliminated from the women’s high jump.

    “Of course I am disappointed with that,” she admitted. “I at least wanted to jump a season’s best, of 1.90m.

    “But I have had a back injury, which went into spasm, and seized up and for a week, and I couldn’t really jog, but that was two weeks ago. I’ve had treatment twice a day and I didn’t feel it out there, so I certainly don’t want to use that as an excuse.”

    The 30 year old paid tribute to the crowd at the Olympic stadium who cheered her on. She said,

    “The atmosphere really was incredible, the crowd were really behind me, cheering me every time.”
  • 12:53
    As if Katie Taylor’s fight this afternoon wasn’t enough for you, there’s still the Usain Bolt v Yohan Blake showdown in the men’s 200m final to look forward to tonight at 8.55pm
  • 12:58
    There is a potential for a Jamaican gold, silver and bronze in the men’s 200m with Warren Weir joining Usain Bolt and Yohan ‘The Beast’ Blake in the final. Oh to be in Kingston tonight!
  • 13:00
    Here’s a short article with details of Deirdre Ryan’s high jump exit - http://www.irishtimes.com/sports/other/2012/0809/1224321832002.html
  • 13:17
    Guest i'm really gonna miss you when the olympics are all over - can you just live blog your office or something for our continued amusement?
  • 13:20
    I won’t know what to do with myself when the Olympics end on Sunday. Maybe I’ll live-blog my attempted row across the Atlantic for the Games in Rio in 2016. Though, those updates are likely to read ‘Help – this make-shift raft is sinking and I don’t know how to row.’ Luckily, we still have four more days of Olympic live-blogging action to go. Stick with us.
  • 13:21
    The women’s 10k swim is on!
  • 13:22
    Interesting fact about the 10k swim – you’re better off not leading from the front. You can save 25% of your energy from swimming in the leader’s wake.
  • 13:24
    Hungary’s Eva Risztov is leading (the folly!) after lap four of the women’s 10k swim. Martina Grimaldi is in second place and Haley Anderson of America is in third. Kerri-Anne Payne is Britain’s hope for a medal in this one but she’s currently in fourth position.
  • 13:25
  • 13:33
    The Serpentine in Hyde Park is the setting for the women’s 10k swim.
  • 13:35
    Here’s a map of the 10k swim. It’s not exactly like you can swim easily to the side of the pool if you’re tired.
    http://www.london2012.com/mm/Document/Documents/General/01/25/71/47/MarathonSwimGTW_Neutral.pdf
  • 13:45
    So South Africa are now through to the men’s 4 x 400m final apparently. That’s according to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). That means Oscar Pistorius, the so called ‘Blade Runner’ will race in an Olympics final.
  • 13:49
    Oscar Pistorius - Olympic finalist (Nick Potts/PA Wire)
    Oscar Pistorius - Olympic finalist (Nick Potts/PA Wire)
  • 13:53
    We’re reaching the closing stages of the women’s 10k swim. The Hungarian Risztov leads.
  • 14:00
    Eva Risztov wins gold for Hungary in the women’s 10k swim.

    America’s Haley Anderson had a late surge but ultimately had to settle for silver.

    Martina Grimaldi of Italy took the bronze, just ahead of Britain’s Kerri-Anne Payne.

    It’s often said that fourth is the worst place to finish at the Olympics. Today, it’s particularly payneful.
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  • 14:11
    Headline writers will have breathed a huge sigh of relief after this Iranian could only muster a fifth place finish in the men’s 94kg weightlifting. Imagine trying to squeeze his name into a headline?!
    http://oi48.tinypic.com/33o5gu1.jpg
  • 14:12
    Domhnall It may be Payneful, but she'll just have to Kerri-Ann to Rio 2016!
  • 14:12
    Rachel That joke was payneful.
  • 14:13
    The silver lining in a very dark cloud – McKayla Maroney wasn’t best pleased with silver in the women’s vault (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
    The silver lining in a very dark cloud – McKayla Maroney wasn’t best pleased with silver in the women’s vault (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
  • 14:18
    Does Iranian weightlifter Saeid Mohammadpourkarkaragh have the longest name at the Olympics? You know what they say about a big name? Big signature.

    The Iranian (yes, I wrote that to avoid re-writing his name) cannot claim to have the longest name in Olympic history though. That honour belongs to a skier from the 1956 Olympics.

    Max Emanuel Maria Alexander Vicot Bruno de la Santisima Trinidad y Todos los Santos von Hohenlohe Langenburg is his name but you can call him Max.
  • 14:28
    At the dressage, the horses are apparently dancing/performing (???) to music - Phil Collins and Billy Idol have featured. Horses must dig 80s music then. Surely, they’d prefer a bit of Neil Young’s Hay, Hay, My My
  • 14:34
    Just over two and a quarter hours before Katie Taylor’s fight. The countdown is on.
  • 14:40
    So where is everyone watching the fight? The office? The pub? Is anyone daring to try the RTE player? (it crashed under the weight of the traffic during Katie’s fight yesterday)
  • 14:43
    “Everybody wants to rule the world,” by Tears for Fears is the Dressage’s new jam!
  • 14:43
    BB Bring on the Dancing horses ...Echo and the Bunnymen ...probably the most apropriate song for them
  • 14:45
    There is a German horse in the Dressage called ‘Damon Hill.’ Surely that horse was meant to be a racer.
  • 14:46
  • 14:53
    Emma Rather than high-tailing it out of the office at 4.45 as normal, I'll be staying on to watch Katie at my desk, will have to close my blinds so people don't see me shadow boxing
  • 14:59
    Guest Off to a pub in fair London town to watch Katie pick up gold (fingers and toes crossed), can finally stop 'working' or 'looking blankly at screen humming the fields' as it is also known,,,
  • 14:59
    lor I really don't know yet. RTE player my best option but dunno if I can trust it... Going to have to decide soon if I have to go and find a TV!
  • 15:00
    Daithi Can we all agree to finish work at 4.45pm today? No last minute emails, phone calls, meetings trying to finish things up! Lets all put a hard shift in for the next hour and a half and leave each other in peace to watch our very own Million Dollar Baby (Uncanny resemblence) go for GOLD! C'mon Katie!!!
  • 15:00
    Em 3000 miles away the only option is the player...
  • 15:00
    So are we in agreement that there can only be two reasons that Katie Taylor’s opponent Sofya Ochigava said the following?

    “When you fight Katie you are already minus 10 points. You are fighting the judges and the whole system and they will try to give her too many points.”

    a)    She’s afraid of Katie
    2) (I love doing that when making two points – the old letter and number combination) She’s trying to influence the judging.
  • 15:15
    Paddy c) she's a screw loose...
  • 15:15
    Rachel I am very nervous about the fight, and also about crying in front of the whole office (regardless of result).
  • 15:15
    MickGuyver (i) it's sour grapes, (2) she's already setting up her losing excuse, and (c) you should never forget the old Roman Numerals.....
  • 15:16
    Whatever her reasons, Sofya Ochigava shouldn’t have spoken like that before the fight.
  • 15:18
  • 15:25
    Do yourself a favour and read Johnny Watterson’s piece on Katie Taylor ahead of her lightweight final bout with Sofya Ochigava this afternoon - http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2012/0809/1224321807636.html
  • 15:28
    The Lion King now blasting out at the Dressage. I don’t mean to demean it as a sport but…
  • 15:32
    Ashton Eaton from the USA has done himself no harm by clearing 5.20 in the pole vault as part of the decathlon.  He may go higher. Is the decathlon now his to lose?
  • 15:32
  • 15:41
    Australian Russell Barwick who presents a show called ‘Pardon the Interruption’ on ESPN has caused controversy by suggesting that Ireland should form part of Team GB. Let’s put this down to a staggeringly poor grasp of geography and a worryingly weak grip on reality.

    Here are some snippets from Barwick:

    “Team GB has an enormous advantage over everyone else in the world because it’s four countries basically wrapped up into one,” Barwick told presenter Mark Chapman, “that’s including the Isle of Man, Bermuda, the Falkland Islands and anywhere else they’ve taken over in the past 100 years.

    “So why doesn’t the Republic of Ireland join up, given the fact that at the world
    cup of rugby, cricket and few other sports they all join up. And the reason I ask is there was a Republic of Ireland girl running today and she said it felt like a home crowd. And I’m thinking, well why isn’t it a home crowd?”

    ESPN has issued a statement of sorts. ‘(ESPN has) been made aware that his comments have led to concern amongst some viewers. He was very contrite and seriously regrets any offence that has been caused.’
  • 15:41
    eoinie European Broadcasting Union has streams to all the events, they are reliable and legitimate :)
  • 15:41
    eoinie Ochigava is doing what all big nations do across sports, trying to bully, influence and exert pressure when facing a relative Olympic minnow!
  • 15:49
    Guest Knock her out, Katie!
  • 15:49
    Barry I'll never forget that Rugby world cup winning team of 2003, when stringer threw that pass out to Wilkinson, beautiful....just beautiful.
  • 15:49
    Ronan Maybe someone should suggest to Russell Barwick that Australia should also compete for Great Britain. At least then they might have a decent medal haul from this Olympics!
  • 15:50
    So South Africa get a ninth lane in the men’s 4 x 400m because of the story below:

    On a day of drama inside a boiling hot Olympic stadium, there was initial despair for South Africa and their double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius, whose much anticipated relay run never materialised.

    Pistorius, who races wearing carbon fibre prosthetic blades after being born without a fibula in both legs, had to watch in disbelief as his compatriot Ofentse Mogawane collided with Kenya's Vincent Mumo Kiilu on the last bend of the second leg and was too hurt to continue.

    As Mogawane came around the last bend it appeared that Kiilu cut across him and caused the collision, sending both runners flying. Mogawane was left in a heap clutching his left shoulder and Kenya were later disqualified for the incident.

    After an appeal the IAAF placed South Africa in the final.

    So, let me get this straight -  South Africa get an extra place in an Olympic final and yet Ireland couldn’t get a place at the 2010 World Cup when Thierry Henry’s handball unfairly meant that France qualified in our stead?

    I don’t understand. It’s the EXACT same scenario. John Delaney was right, we should’ve been there.


    I shouldn’t have to even say this but that was written quite clearly in jest…
  • 15:56
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    45 minutes to go…
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  • 16:06
    Even the GAA are wishing Katie Taylor good luck now.

    The final is by no means a foregone conclusion. Ochigava is a very tough fighter and she has only been beaten twice. Thankfully, it was Katie Taylor who inflicted those defeats but Ochigava got the better of Taylor on a score of 8-1 in 2010 in the Czech Republic.
  • 16:15
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    Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin wins gold in the individual dressage riding Valegro. Her final score was 83.286
    Adelinde Cornelissen of The Netherlands finished second on Parzival.
    Britain’s Laura Bechtolsheimer took bronze on. Mistral Hojris
  • 16:19
  • 16:20
    Guest OK, have streams from EBU, BBC and RTE all on standby on PC, tablet and phone: if this doesn't work....
  • 16:21
    Less than half an hour to go and I have no shame in admitting I’m very very nervous.
  • 16:23
    Kate I know you will... but just in case... can you send updates on Katie's fight as I probably won't get to see it.. many thanks!
  • 16:23
    Naturally we’ll be giving you live scores and updates from Taylor’s fight.
  • 16:26
    oilyman on an oil rig in azerbaijan - this is my only source of info - please please please update as often as possible - the text silences are horrible!!!!!
  • 16:27
    DM Have not been this nervous - since the Penalties in Italia 90 !!!!!!!
  • 16:28
  • 16:30
    Jedward chanting ‘Let’s go Katie, let’s go!’ Things just got surreal.
  • 16:30
    POD Alchemy - The art of turning lesser metals (medals) in to Gold! Bring 'er home Katie.
  • 16:31
  • 16:34
    How long has Katie been waiting for this moment? Please let it be gold!
  • 16:36
    In the RTE studio Mick Dowling, Bernard Dunne and Kenny Egan have never looked so nervous
  • 16:37
    This isn’t going to be a walkover. I know Bernard Dunne called for Katie to be ‘let off the leash’ but it’s not likely is it?
  • 16:37
    Kate Go for it Katie!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 16:37
    Grace Watching in work!!! in Birmingham!!! I am beyond excited!!! COME ON KATIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 16:37
    John Collins Having my breakfast at my desk here in sunny San Francisco. Just managed to sign up for NBC's online coverage. It won't be the same without Jimmy Magee....
  • 16:40
    Nicola Adams is looking nailed on to win a boxing gold for Britain. Just one round to go
  • 16:40
    Katie Taylor montage on RTE now

    Brian O’Driscoll, Niall Quinn, Laura Whitmore, Shay Given and Brian Cody are just some of the names wishing Katie good luck.
  • 16:41
    Getting messages from the four corners of the globe and they’re all saying the same thing – Come on Katie!
  • 16:43
    Nicola Adams beats China’s Cancan Ren to claim Olympic gold in the women’s flyweight division.
  • 16:43
    Adams wins 16-7
  • 16:45
    Katie Taylor will be taking to the ring in a few minutes. The nerves, the nerves…
  • 16:46
    Power cut in some parts of Bray apparently. Nightmare!
  • 16:46
    Here she comes!
  • 16:47
    Guest Go Katie!! Major support from we Irish in Iowa, USA!!!
  • 16:47
    Meabh COME ON KATIE! Germany is behind you!
  • 16:47
    carol Come on Katie, you have an entire world of Irish, and claiming to be Irish, behind you!
  • 16:48
    Round 1 – Ding Ding! We’ve begun
  • 16:48
    The crowd is going crazy for Katie in the ExCel arena.
  • 16:49
    Katie has started on the offensive.
  • 16:49
    A lot of holding going on.
  • 16:50
    Ochigava landed a fairly clean left on Taylor’s face.
  • 16:50
    Nice combination from Taylor!
  • 16:51
    Lovely right hand from Taylor square in the face. Was it after the bell?
  • 16:51
    Round 1 - 2-2
  • 16:53
    Ochigava inviting Taylor onto her. This has been very very even.
  • 16:53
    Ochigava keeps holding Katie’s left arm. The ref hasn’t spotted it.
  • 16:54
    Round 2 - 2-1 to the Russian that round
  • 16:54
    Katie Taylor is one point down. Two rounds to go. Come on Katie!
  • 16:54
    Donald Irvine The Russian is getting away with a lot of holding
  • 16:55
    Definite score from Taylor early in round three
  • 16:55
    Two nice lefts from Taylor.
  • 16:56
    Another few from Taylor. They are swapping punches though in short explosive bursts.
  • 16:57
    Round 3 – 4 –1 to Taylor
  • 16:57
    Taylor leads 7-5 with one round left
  • 16:58
    Jim oh god...the nerves. I can't handle it
  • 16:58
    Come on Katie!
  • 16:58
    Early flurry of body shots from Taylor but then she took an awful thump in the face.
  • 16:59
    Taylor missed a punch and looked unsteady there. This is going to be very very close.
  • 17:00
    One minute left.
  • 17:00
    It’s over! Who knows? Please!
  • 17:01
    BBC are saying they think she’s done enough!
  • 17:02
    Katie Taylor wins!
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  • 17:03
    10-8
  • 17:03
    Paddy YES!
  • 17:04
    Ireland’s first Olympic gold in the ring since Michael Carruth – which was 20 years and one day ago
  • 17:04
    Gary Well done Katie!!!
  • 17:04
    Emma Crying in an office on my own in work, KATIE YOU'RE AMAZING!
  • 17:04
    Fergal (Texas) Great Job Katie....Well done!
  • 17:04
    DM Jasus
  • 17:05
    Round 1 - 2-2
    Round 2 - 2-1
    Round 3 – 1-4
    Round 4 - 3-3
  • 17:06
    24-Karat Katie!
  • 17:06
    oilyman bawling my eyes out in azerbaijan
  • 17:06
    Grace I'm work crying!!!!!!! WELL DONE KATIE!!! i am very VERY proud to be an Irish woman today!!!!!!
  • 17:06
    Bray went crazy when the result was announced!
  • 17:08
    That was unbelievably nerve-wrecking. It was an incredibly cagey fight with shorts burst of explosive punching. Thanfully, Katie did enough and claims a two point victory and the gold medal!
  • 17:10
    That was a very technical fight but Katie kept her composure. She kept her head and held on. There was panic in the last round when she appeared to miss her punch and stumble
  • 17:10
    Maria Am absolutely delighted for her and her Dad. What a tough fight.
  • 17:10
    Kevi Truely, a Taylor-made victory!
  • 17:11
    A nation rejoices as do the many Irish around the world. Well done Katie Taylor, Olympic gold medallist!
  • 17:12
    Ochigava looked gracious enough in defeat.
  • 17:13
    The medal ceremony is in about 17 minutes!
  • 17:16
    Katie Taylor packs a punch (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
    Katie Taylor packs a punch (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
  • 17:17
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  • 17:18
    This is what is known as euphoria!
  • 17:20
    Leslie NY All of the Irish in New York are cheering today, well done Katie, were so proud.
  • 17:20
    POD Past midnight here in Singapore, but don't think I'll be able to sleep for a few hours after that. Nerves are shot. Brilliant.
  • 17:20
    Kevin Just got into work in Vancouver. Reading the live blog on the bus all the way in. Delighted for Katie! Get In!
  • 17:20
    Elizabeth Congratulations Katie from New York city. It's a great day to be Irish :-)
  • 17:20
    Hilary Luxembourg loves you Katie! Whoop, whoop!
  • 17:20
    JohnD The rarer the gold the brighter it shines - that was brilliant Katie.
  • 17:20
    rob Absolutely brilliant - Katie has done Ireland proud, again
  • 17:20
    Daniel Well done Katie from Germany! We just moved up to 38th on the medal table and we've still three more to come...amazing!
  • 17:21
    We have been inundated with messages of joy. Katie Taylor has given Ireland a lift!
  • 17:22
    Katie Taylor - Olympic champion (INPHO/Dan Sheridan )
    Katie Taylor - Olympic champion (INPHO/Dan Sheridan )
  • 17:25
    Bray went nuts when Katie won!
  • 17:26
    It's a Beautiful Bray! (Niall Carson/PA Wire)
    It's a Beautiful Bray! (Niall Carson/PA Wire)
  • 17:28
    Round 1 - 2-2
    Round 2 - 1-2
    Round 3 - 4 -1
    Round 4 - 3-3
  • 17:30
  • 17:32
    The medal ceremony will be happening in the next five or 10 minutes I’d say.
  • 17:33
    So be honest, was part of you scared she might have lost? A slight niggling doubt that the judges might have messed up? It’s ok, Katie has won now so it doesn’t matter.
  • 17:36
    Check the official medal table out – oh yeah! I pity the fools that don’t have gold! (That’s actually something B.A. Baracus might have said)

    http://www.london2012.com/medals/medal-count/
  • 17:36
    Bajer Yeah - for the split second when the announcer called it 10-8, I thought that the Russian might have won the last round 5-1, but the ref raised Katie's hand very quickly and the fear was dispelled.
  • 17:36
    Guest Scared? I thought I was going to throw up, really thought it was going to be the cruelest of endings. Then they announced it and it was tears of happiness, pride and relief! I still feel sick.
  • 17:39
    Katie Taylor stumbled in the last round but I think it was more a case of her own momentum propelling forward after a missed punch than anything else.
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    You could say it was noisy in the ExCel Arena.
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    About those comments you made yesterday Sofya Ochigava…
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    The medal ceremony now!
  • 17:46
    Should Fabrice Muamba really have watched Katie’s fight given his heart condition? Mine nearly packed in. Good man Fabrice!
  • 17:47
    Nice threads Chorieva!
  • 17:48
    Ochigava looks very downbeat. Downbeat after a beat down eh?
  • 17:49
    Katie points to the sky, seemingly thanking God for her victory. She bites the medal just to check it’s real.
  • 17:50
    The National Anthem is being belted out by everyone (well maybe not Princess Anne) in the ExCel Arena.
  • 17:54
    Katie is doing a lap of honour with the tricolour!
  • 17:54
    atjc I'm no expert on the subject, but i think that Ochigava's body language indicates that she's not best pleased
  • 17:54
    Richard Maughan Katie, Merci beaucoup. Vive la republique Irlandaise.Nouvelle Orleans.
  • 17:54
    One down – three to go…
  • 18:15
    vincem She also plays soccer - Trap take note, someone to fill that midfield gap left by Keano
  • 18:16
    Brendan, Boston I thought Ochigava looked gracious and seemed to have some lighthearted moments with Katie. It was a good, close fight and could have gone either way. Well done Katie, hard luck Sofya.
  • 18:21
    Some words from Katie Taylor after securing a historic Olympic boxing gold medal at the ExCel Arena this afternoon. She said:

    “Olympic Champion – I dreamed of this moment so many times before and now I just can’t believe the grace of God in my life right now.”

    Katie is trying to convince us that she is a mere mortal (we don’t believe it for a second) by saying that she had been extremely nervous all day. She said:

    “I was so nervous all day really. It’s the most nervous I’ve ever been for a fight naturally enough. I had a knot in my stomach all day but I tried to stay calm and composed throughout the whole day and tried to relax but it was hard to relax.”

    Taylor was more composed during the fight, even when she found herself a point down after round two. She said:
    “It was only one punch, only one point. The last thing you do in that situation is panic because she’s a good counter-puncher and if you start panicking that’s when she’ll pick you off. I just had to stay calm all the way throughout the fight. It’s just a point really. You can easily get that back.”

    Katie admitted she didn’t know if she had won by the end of the four rounds. She said,
    “It was such a close contest, it could have gone either way but thank God that it went my way. Where would I be without God in my life? It’s incredible.
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    Who’s for Bray then?
  • 18:40
    Miam - Alan 3 more medals to come, is it possible we could win the boxing medal table? Now that would be amazing, but two boxers from Cuba, never can underestimate those lad, so sad the Joe Ward got screwed, he'd have been in the hunt, could really have been as historical an Olympics as we ever had..... Go John Joe from Miami - Mullingar lad also, knew a few of you relatives for real......
  • 18:41
    The homecoming should be some craic now!
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    What have Sophia, Blanche, Rose, Dorothy and Katie all got in common? They’re all ‘Golden Girls’ (It’s the name of the show – I’m not belittling Katie by calling her a girl – she’s a woman of steel)
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    Katie Taylor has confirmed that she will continue boxing – she has yet to decide whether that will be as an amateur or as a professional
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    My prediction for tomorrow? Hangovers.
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    Katie Taylor - things are looking up (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
    Katie Taylor - things are looking up (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
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    Sofya Ochigava has apparently said - “It was difficult to fight when everything was against you.”
  • 19:12
    We’ve still got the men’s 200m final to come this evening. Blake v Bolt Part II – this time it’s personal….actually, it’s not personal, it’s just 100m more than the first race.
  • 19:13
    The men’s 200m final is at 8.55pm
  • 19:16
    In case you missed it, here's the scoring for Katie Taylor’s fight.

    Round 1 - 2-2
    Round 2 - 1-2
    Round 3 - 4 -1
    Round 4 - 3-3
  • 19:18
    Bajer It was difficult to fight when your plan was to counter-punch and Katie didn't oblige!
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    Back to the action - the women’s 800m semi-finals are up next.
  • 19:28
    Bajer Very impressed with the analysis from Bernard Dunne and Kenny Egan. Extremely knowledgeable and articulate. The bad press Egan received in the past has been completely vanquished.
  • 19:34
    The defending champion Pamela Jelima of Kenya wins heat one of the women’s 800m in a time of 1:59.42. Russia’s Ekaterina Poistigova is also through to the final.
  • 19:35
    Ollie I wonder will Katie's success lead to as much of an upsurge in the amount of young people taking up religion as Boxing, she does mention god a lot, he seems like a really nice chap.
  • 19:35
    Katie Taylor is very religious and that’s fair enough. Her faith seems to play a big role in her life.
  • 19:38
    There are three heats in total in the women’s 800m semi-final. The top two from each heat are guaranteed a place in the final.
  • 19:38
    Caster Semenya is racing in heat two.
  • 19:41
    Semenya wins heat two and Elena Arzhakova takes second place in heat two of the women’s 800m.
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    Irish triathlete Aileen Morrison  gives the thumbs up for Katie Taylor at her fight earlier (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
    Irish triathlete Aileen Morrison gives the thumbs up for Katie Taylor at her fight earlier (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
  • 20:00
    DM Rudesia? Is he the Guy in the Documentary with The Irish Brother and Eamonn Coughlan?
  • 20:00
    Mariya Savinova of Russia and Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi have qualified from heat three of the women’s 800m.
  • 20:01
    David Rudisha is going to win the men’s 800m in real style here.
  • 20:03
    David Rudisha has set a new world record for the men’s 800m. The time - 1:40.91
  • 20:03
    DM WO WOW World Record -
  • 20:11
    DM BBC Hust said Trained by an Irish Priest!!
  • 20:11
    Brother Colm O’Connell has trained record breaking David Rudisha
  • 20:16
    Nijel Amos from Botswana ran a fantastic race to take silver in the men’s 800m.
    Kenya’s Timothy Kituma took the bronze but David Rudisha has made history by becoming the first man to go under 1:41.00 over 800m
  • 20:22
    Deirdre From Mallow, O Connell that is, not Rudisha.
  • 20:22
    The facilities at the London Olympics are absolutely awe-inspiring. It wasn’t always so. Don’t believe me? Check out these photos from the London Olympics in 1908. My particular favourite is the women’s (though then it was surely called the ladies’) high jump.

    http://www.retronaut.co/2012/08/london-olympics-1908/
  • 20:27
    Liam M When is the Tug O War on - we could win a medal in that......
  • 20:27
    The America women just blitzed the first heat of the 4 x100m in a time of 41.64. They’ve comfortably qualified for the final and will be favourites to win it then.
  • 20:30
    Ukraine, Jamaica and Germany qualify automatically from heat two of the women’s 4 x 100m semi-final.
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    American runner Manteo Mitchell has revealed he ran the last 200m of the Olympic men's 4x400m relay heats with a broken left leg.

    Mitchell began the race for the United States, who went through to Friday's final as the second fastest team despite Mitchell's injury.
  • 20:47
    Bolt v Blake in the 200m final coming up in the next few minutes.
  • 20:47
    Deirdre Bolt - ah - ah - faster than the Universe!
  • 20:52
    We’re cheering for Usain Bolt, right? A lot of people are tipping Blake to take it though.
  • 20:53
    Italy’s Donato wins the bronze medal in the triple jump
  • 20:54
    Christian Taylor is the Olympic champion in the men’s triple jump.
  • 20:54
    Bajer Bookies have it at 1/9 bolt - they are rarely wrong
  • 20:55
    Will Claye takes the silver in the triple jump. It’s an American one-two.
  • 20:55
    Come on Bolt!
  • 20:56
    Bolt is in lane six. Blake is in lane three.
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    Bolt wins!
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    Bajer I agree with the support and well-wishes for Bolt. He is one of the few champion sprinters that we don't suspect of drugging. Pure class.
  • 20:58
    Blake comes in second. Bolt was able to slow up….again
  • 20:59
    Bolt has now retained his 100m and 200m title in London
  • 20:59
    Bajer At a canter....
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    Bolt’s winning time was 19.32
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    It’s a 1-2-3 for Jamaica as Warren Weir takes bronze.
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    Blake ran it in 19.44 and Weir took bronze in 19.84
  • 21:01
    Bolt had time to lift his finger to his lip as he crossed the line!
  • 21:01
    Bajer He would have easily broke the Olympic record if he had maintained that pace. Different league.
  • 21:01
    Usain Bolt is one class act.
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    The word legend is bandied about nonchalantly these days but Usain Bolt is definitely an Olympic legend!
  • 21:04
    Bajer Usain Bolt and Katie Taylor. King and Queen of London 2012.
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    DM What a Fantastic Day - Bolt - The World Record form Rudisha and KATIE - Happy Days (Open that wine now)
  • 21:21
    Bolt won the 200m in a time of 20.32 – the same time that Michael Johnson ran it in Atlanta in 1996 – the difference of course was that Usain Bolt did it at a canter.
  • 21:21
    The Jamaicans were just interviewed on the BBC. They’re just as cool off the track as they are on it.
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    Liam M The way Bolt interacted with the Volunteers before the race was fantastic. Can you imagine telling the story to their friends
  • 21:35
    You gotta take the hits to be a champ --(REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)
    You gotta take the hits to be a champ --(REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)
  • 21:36
    Katie Taylor might not thank me for posting that picture but doesn’t it just show that becoming an Olympic champion isn’t easy? I’m sure she’d also say it was well worth it.
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  • 21:40
    Day 13 – unlucky for some but not for Katie Taylor as she secured Ireland’s first gold medal at the Olympic Games in London. It’s also Ireland’s first gold medal in the boxing ring since Michael Carruth triumphed in Barcelona 20 years (and a day) ago.

    Taylor edged a tight lightweight bout with Russia’s Sofya Ochigava on a score-line of 10-8 at the Excel Arena. The 26 year old Bray woman has written herself into the history books and guaranteed herself a sizeable spot on Reeling in the Years for 2012.

    Usain Bolt later confirmed his status as the greatest sprinter of all time by winning the 200m final in a time of 10.32 seconds. His compatriots Yohan Blake and Warren Weir took second and third so one massive party in Kingston is guaranteed tonight.

    As if that wasn’t enough David Rudisha (trained by Irishman Brother Colm O’Connell) set a new world record of 1:40.91 to win the men’s 800m final.

    It’s been one hell of a day. Anticipation, anxiety, relief and joy and that was just the emotions I had when struggling and ultimately succeeding in catching the bus into work today. I couldn’t even begin to describe my emotions during the Katie Taylor fight.

    Will it be the first of multiple golds Ireland will win in the boxing ring? Come back here tomorrow to find out. I expect you all to be spectacularly hungover. Until tomorrow…
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