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Katie Taylor on the brink of Olympic qualification, Darren O'Neill goes out at the quarter-finals

The 2012 gold medallist came through her European Olympic qualifying quarter-final in Turkey and there were mixed fortunes for the rest of Team Ireland.

Taylor (file photo).
Taylor (file photo).
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Updated at 19.25

IRELAND’S KATIE TAYLOR needs just one more win to secure her place at the Rio Olympics.

The London 2012 gold medallist faced Yvonne Bæk Rasmussen of Denmark in the quarter-finals in the European Olympic boxing qualifiers in Turkey this afternoon, and claimed victory by unanimous decision.

Taylor is now through to the semi-finals and will guarantee her spot at this summer’s Games with a win on Friday.

Taylor Q-final

Irish flyweight Ceire Smith lost out to Tetyana Kob of the Ukraine by split decision while middleweight Christina Desmond went down to Petra Szatmari of Hungary despite winning the first round.

Belfast flyweight Brendan Irvine is through to the last four thanks to a split decision win over France’s Elie Konki and team-mate David Joyce has also progressed past Vazgen Safaryants of Belarus in the lightweight division.

There was disappointment for London 2012 captain Darren O’Neil, however, as the Kilkenny heavyweightwent down by split decision to Abdulkadir Abdullayev of Azerbaijan this evening.

Darren O'Neill

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