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Saturday 3 December 2016

Katie Taylor eyes up more medals as she returns home to hero's welcome

Irish boxer Katie Taylor who won gold at the Women's Lightweight Championship at the European Games in Baku at the weekend returning to Dublin Airport.
Irish boxer Katie Taylor who won gold at the Women's Lightweight Championship at the European Games in Baku at the weekend returning to Dublin Airport.

She's just added another European gold medal to her impressive collection, but world boxing champion Katie Taylor says she isn't feeling under pressure to maintain her winning streak.

The Olympic gold winner (28) arrived home with the rest of the Irish team, including fellow gold medallist Michael O'Reilly, from the European Games in Azerbaijan yesterday.

"I think the pressure is always great in every big competition - everyone always expects you to go home with a gold medal," Katie told the Herald.

"But I enjoy that pressure and if I prepare well for these competitions I always have great belief in myself."

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The Bray native has already carved out a successful career in boxing but she has her sights firmly set on winning more medals.

"I want to go down as one of the greatest in the world, and I definitely think I'm on the right path," she said.

Katie and the rest of the home-grown athletes were treated to a hero's homecoming at Dublin Airport yesterday as crowds of fans turned up to cheer on the sport stars.

She has countless sporting accolades, but the 28-year-old said that inspiring young girls to follow her boxing footsteps is the "most satisfying part" of being a high profile athlete.

"It's great to have an influence on some of these young girls coming up and it's great to see all the boxing clubs around the country that have female boxing. I think that's been the most satisfying part," she said.

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