Katie Taylor of Ireland won the first lightweight gold medal in Olympic women's boxing, edging rival Sofya Ochigava of Russia 10-8 Thursday.
Taylor is the unofficial pound-for-pound champion of women's boxing after winning the past four world titles with an entertaining style. Another crowd packed with thousands of singing Irish fans cheered Taylor's every move in London, but held its breath until the final score was announced.
Taylor barely beat Ochigava in a defensive fight, relying on a 4-1 points swing in the third round after trailing midway through the bout.
Ochigava is Taylor's only rival for lightweight supremacy, and the Russian criticized Taylor on Wednesday after both fighters won semifinal bouts, saying her Irish foe gets star treatment from referees and judges.