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Crystal takes gold at European Youth and Junior Championships
Page last updated at 2:02PM GMT, Saturday, 10 November 2012
In her first international bout for GB Boxing, Crystal Barker was crowned European champion in Poland yesterday, beating Polish boxer Barbara Niedziela in the final of the European Youth and Junior European Championships.
The 16-year-old (pictured) from Bridgewater Salford ABC in Manchester was up against some of Europe's toughest boxing nations. She dismantled Russian Katalina Rotar in her preliminary bout, before beating Dutch boxer Alicia Holsken in a stylish semi final.
She beat Niedzela 10:8 in the final.
English boxers secured five medals at the competition, including Terri Harper (silver), Olivia Orchard (bronze), Sarah Rostron (bronze), Laura Kelly (bronze) and Jenna O'Reilly.
Representing Welsh Boxing at 64kg, Lauren Price (Gelligaer ABC) lost a tough opening contest 11-8 against Patricia Berghult (Sweden).