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Taylor’s victory, a 10-8 win over Russia’s Sofya Ochigava, was perhaps the least memorable part of the afternoon. She barely beat Ochigava in a defensive fight, relying on a 4-1 points swing in the third round after trailing midway through the bout.

Unlike most of Taylor’s fights, the result still was in doubt when the judges’ scores were announced. Taylor fell to her knees and looked skyward when her arm was raised, bringing an even louder roar from the fans, many of them in green face paint and elaborate Irish-themed costumes.

Taylor took a victory lap after the medal ceremony, trailing a green, white and orange Irish flag behind her.

“It’s been the dream of my life,” said Taylor, a four-time world champion. “The support was incredible.”