Ciara Ginty 60kg Gold
Sixteen year old Ciara Ginty from Mayo won gold at the AIBA Women’s Junior + Youth World Boxing Championships 2013 over the weekend – a huge achievement for Irish boxing. She was also picked as Best Junior Boxer out of 160 boxers from 31 countries
I was just listening to Ginty being interviewed on radio from Bulgaria – she sounded quite shell-shocked still even two days later. And of course the comparisons with Katie Taylor have already started, helped by them being in the same weight category at 60kgs.
Ginty said: “It’s been absoloutely fantastic, great experience boxing at such a high level. It’s been a really tough competition and it’s been really great to be part of an Irish squad … I was really nervous but I couldn’t let that ruin my chances.’
The presenter asked her if it has all sunk in yet. She replied: “That took a while to sink in (being the first world champ in boxing after Taylor), it eventually did.” So no pressure there, then!
Her teammate Christina Desmond took silver at 69kgs, and Jacqui Lynch took bronze in the 48kgs division leaving and Ireland finished a very credible 7th overall, more results here.
Medallists at 48kg – GOLD PALTCEVA Ekaterina RUS/SILVER ASKAROVA Assyl KAZ/ BRONZE LYNCH JacquiIRL / BRONZE ROKA Asha AIB PIC Liam MORLEY Twitter
If you’re wondering what the difference is between Youth and Junior:
The AIBA Women’s Junior World Championships are staged over 13 weight categories: 44-46kg, 48kg, 50kg, 52kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60kg, 63kg, 66kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg and 80+kg. Bouts are held over three rounds of two minutes with a one-minute rest between rounds. Boxers born between January 1, 1997 and December 31, 1998 can register.
The AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships are staged over 10 weight categories: 45-48kg, 51kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg and 81+kg. Bouts are held over four rounds of two minutes with a one-minute rest between rounds. Boxers born between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 1996 can register.
Full results here on the IABA website. And lots more photos on this Twitter account taken by Liam Morley Bereton – definitely an Irish fan!