Shock defeat for Katie Taylor at European Olympic qualifiers

Shock defeat for Katie Taylor at European Olympic qualifiers
Azerbaijan's Yana Alexseevna is declared the winnerMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ilyas Gun.

Katie Taylor has suffered a shock defeat at the European Olympic qualifiers, missing out on an opportunity to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

The reigning Olympic champion was beaten by Yana Alekseevna of Azerbaijan in her lightweight semi-final this afternoon.

It is Taylor's first defeat since 2011, although if she wins tomorrow’s bout for third place, that may be enough to gain qualification

Otherwise she will have to make the final four of next month's World Championship in Astana to book her spot at the Rio Olympic Games.

David Oliver Joyce and Brendan Irvine will qualify if they win their bouts today.

Joyce is in around 4pm and Irvine is up at around 4.45pm.

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