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Josh Taylor makes Team GB

Former Preston Lodge pupil Josh Taylor makes Team GB for London 2012

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Lightweight Josh Taylor has qualified for the Olympics, ensuring there will be one Scot in the GB boxing team.

Taylor will fight in the 60kg division after reaching the semi-finals of the final European qualifying event, coupled with Sam Maxwell's defeat.

To reach the last four in Trabzon, Turkey, Taylor had a 17-9 win over Armenia's Vladimir Sarukhanyan. Taylor initially tried to qualify at light-welterweight.

Coach Terry McCormack hopes he can emulate Dick McTaggart, the last Scottish lightweight to go to the Games, who won gold in 1956 and bronze in 1960.

"It is an absolutely fantastic achievement and the result of three years of non-stop hard work from Josh," said McCormack.

"We moved him down to lightweight and there has been no stopping him. He can really punch and as a southpaw he must be a nightmare to fight.

"It is amazing to get a Scottish boxer into the team for the London Olympics. Boxing has come a long way since Dick McTaggart but there is no reason why Josh cannot go on to reach the same kind of level."

Preston Lodge High School is very proud of Josh’s achievements and will be tracking his path throughout the Olympics.


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