Katie Taylor books her place in Rio with win in Astana

Katie Taylor is on her way to Rio
Katie Taylor is on her way to Rio

Katie Taylor has reached the last four of the lightweight division at the World Championships in Astana, a result that also books her place at this summer's Olympics in Rio.

She beat Mexican boxer Victoria Torres in the last eight contest this afternoon, with all four rounds going the way of Taylor.

Earlier, Dublin boxer Kelly Harrington also assured herself of a bronze medal .

Her historic win over local competitor Zarina Tsoloyeva in the quarter final means she becomes only the second ever Irish female boxer to medal at the World championships. 

Katie Taylor broke the mould, of course, when she won a gold medal at the championships in New Delhi in 2006.

She has remained unbeaten in the event since and is aiming for a record sixth successive title in Astana.

A member of the Glasnevin Boxing Club, Harrington totally outclassed their opponent in today’s quarter final winning all four rounds on the three judges’ cards by the same margin (10-9) to give her a comprehensive 40-36 success and a place in the semi-final of the light welterweight category later in the week.

Unfortunately for the Dublin boxer there is no category for female 64kg boxers in the Olympics.

There was heartbreak, however, for welterweight Grainne Walsh in her quarter final bout against Valentina Khalzova from the host nation Kazakhstan.  

She sustained a cut early in the second round which resulted in her fight being stopped.

As Khalzova had won the first round 10-9 she got the verdict so the Irish fighter missed out on a podium finish.