Boxing at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's lightweight

The women's lightweight boxing competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London was held from 5 to 9 August at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre.

Women's lightweight boxing
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueExCeL Exhibition Centre
Date5 to 9 August
Competitors12 from 12 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Katie Taylor  Ireland
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sofya Ochigava  Russia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Mavzuna Chorieva  Tajikistan
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Adriana Araujo  Brazil
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For the first time at an Olympic Games, the 10 men's boxing events were joined by three women's events: flyweight, middleweight and lightweight.[1]

Katie Taylor from Ireland won the gold medal — the first of the 2012 Games for the country. Taylor defeated Russia's Sofya Ochigava in the final.[2][3][4]

Bronze medals were awarded to both semi-final losers: Adriana Araujo from Brazil and Mavzuna Chorieva from Tajikistan — the latter being the country's only medal at the 2012 Games.

Competition formatEdit

The competition consisted of a single-elimination tournament. Bronze medals were awarded to both semi-final losers. Bouts were four rounds of two minutes each.[5]


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+01:00)

Date Time Round
Sunday 5 August 2012 14:30 Round of 16
Monday 6 August 2012 14:30 Quarter-finals
Wednesday 8 August 2012 14:00 Semi-finals
Thursday 9 August 2012 16:45 Final


Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
          Katie Taylor (IRL) 26  
  Quanitta Underwood (USA) 13       Natasha Jonas (GBR) 15  
  Natasha Jonas (GBR) 21         Katie Taylor (IRL) 17  
  Dong Cheng (CHN) 10         Mavzuna Chorieva (TJK) 9  
  Mihaela Lăcătuș (ROU) 5       Dong Cheng (CHN) 8  
          Mavzuna Chorieva (TJK) 13  
            Katie Taylor (IRL) 10
            Sofya Ochigava (RUS) 8
          Mahjouba Oubtil (MAR) 12  
  Saida Khassenova (KAZ) 14       Adriana Araujo (BRA) 16  
  Adriana Araujo (BRA) 16         Adriana Araujo (BRA) 11  
  Alexis Pritchard (NZL) 15         Sofya Ochigava (RUS) 17  
  Rim Jouini (TUN) 10       Alexis Pritchard (NZL) 4      
          Sofya Ochigava (RUS) 22      

International media coverage of TaylorEdit

Some international media coverage of Ireland's Katie Taylor was criticised as insulting and inaccurate. While previewing her semi-final bout, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph incorrectly referred to Taylor as "British". The error was followed by an apology.[6][7][8]

Fairfax Media of Australia also apologised after an article published in The Age, Brisbane Times and The Sydney Morning Herald was condemned as "lazy stereotyping" of the Irish. Ireland's ambassador to Australia, Noel White, issued a formal complaint about the article's reliance on Guinness, whiskey and potatoes to make a story.[6]

USA Today was criticised after it printed an article which said: "Back home on the emerald-green isle, pints of Guinness flowed freely, perhaps enough to replenish the Irish Sea. The 'punters' inside betting parlors wagered pounds as if they were bits of candy. It is not hyperbole to suggest that, when Taylor entered the ring, the weight of a prideful, scuffling nation rested on her muscular shoulders."[6]

Australian commentator Russell Barwick provoked outrage while on ESPN by comparing Team Ireland's independence from Team GB to Tasmanian athletes not performing for Australia.[9]


  1. ^ Women's Boxing to make Olympic debut at London 2012. Archived 2012-05-01 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 2 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Katie Taylor wins Ireland's first gold medal of London 2012 Olympics". Guardian UK. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Katie Taylor wins Ireland's first gold medal". BBC Sport. 9 August 2012. Archived from the original on 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  4. ^ "World beater Katie Taylor triumphs in London". Irish Independent. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  5. ^ Women's competition format. Archived 2012-09-19 at Accessed 2 May 2012.
  6. ^ a b c Farrelly, Brendan (8 August 2012). "Sorry for calling Katie Taylor British after Twitter storm". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  7. ^ Greenslade, Roy (8 August 2012). "Telegraph takes it on the nose after calling Irish boxer British". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  8. ^ "The Daily Telegraph thinks Katie Taylor is British: Should you tell them, or will we?". The Journal. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  9. ^ Kelleher, Lynne (9 August 2012). "'Ireland a joke for not joining Team GB' – pundit sparks fury". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 9 August 2012.