Boxer secures first Gold Coast medal … before Commonwealth Games start

first_img Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Reuse this content Share on Facebook Topics Tickets for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony remain on sale Share via Email The Australian boxer Taylah Robertson has secured the first medal of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – nine days before actually stepping in the ring for her first bout. The 19-year-old from Queensland is guaranteed at least a bronze in the women’s 51-kg division after receiving a free pass to the semi-finals. Only seven boxers are competing in the category and both losing semi-finalists receive bronzes. “Can’t wait to get in the ring and represent Australia on such a big sporting stage,” Robertson, whose semi-final is set for 13 April, wrote in a post on her Facebook account. Her coach Mark Evans said it was “just the luck of the draw”. “For some reason the numbers in that division were down. When you look at some of the boys divisions, some of them have 24 to 26 boxers there,” said Evans. “We’ve got a guaranteed bronze but I’m tipping that colour might change.” center_img Share on Pinterest Boxing Australia sport Commonwealth Games 2018 Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Read more Commonwealth Games … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img

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