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Katie Taylor is in dreamland after booking ticket to Rio Olympics

By Frank Brownlow

Katie Taylor has decribed qualifying for the Rio Olympics as "a dream come true".

Taylor qualified after winning her quarter-final against Mexico's Victoria Torres at the World Championships in Astana yesterday and faces France's Estelle Mossely in the semi-finals.

The 29-year-old, lightweight gold medallist at London 2012, suffered a shock loss to Azerbaijan's Yana Alekseevna in last month's Olympic qualifying.

The Bray fighter will join Ulster quartet Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan, Steven Donnelly and Brendan Irvine as well as David Oliver Joyce and Joe Ward on the boxing team for Rio.

"It's a dream come true, an absolute honour," said Taylor.

With qualification issues put to bed, she admitted "It's definitely a weight off my shoulders.

"It didn't happen for me last month and it was a big disappointment for myself and the team, so it's great to be on the team now, to book my place in Rio with the rest of the lads."

Once affairs in Astana are put to bed, thoughts will inevitably turn to Rio, with the Bray woman hopeful of a successful trip.

"We're going to have some team in Rio and I think we're going to come home with a few gold medals," she added.

Taylor also praised team-mate Harrington, who set the standard this morning by reaching her semi-final.

"It's great to see so many Irish boxers boxing so well this week. I have company in the medal stages, which is fantastic. She is a huge talent and there's plenty more to come from all the female boxers."

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