CWG: Not One Punch, But Taylah Robertson Wins First Medal For Oz
This is probably a new feat! An Australian boxer will have an assured medal even if she loses. Taylah Robertson has become the first medallist of the ongoing Commonwealth Games without even having to step into the ring. On the first day of the 21st CWG tour on April 4, Taylah sailed straight into the 51kg category women’s semi-finals.
The 19-year-old got a guaranteed medal due to a lucky draw.
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) April 4, 2018
Among only seven boxers who entered the women’s 51kg category, the teenager is assured of at least a bronze. The super lucky Taylah will take part in the semi-final, which is scheduled for 13 April.
Among Indian boxers, all eyes are on MC Mary Kom who is contesting in the 48 kg category. She is scheduled to play in the quarter-final on 8 April.
“It’s nice to have a medal but I want gold — and with all the training I’ve done, I want to earn it. I am not worried about who I meet in the semi-final, I am ready,” – Taylah Robertson
— ATV (@atvpakistan) April 4, 2018
“It’s nice to have a medal but I want gold,” Robertson said.
Taylah’s coach Mark Evans told to the Sunshine Coast Daily: “I reminded her that at the Commonwealth Games selection trials in November last year she fought four times in three days to win through to the final so she’s already done her hard yards.”
“She’s proved she should be there, she beat the country’s best 51kg girls and beat them convincingly,” – Mark Evans
Taylah is the youngest female to represent Australia in boxing at the Commonwealth Games.