While most of us were still in bed this morning, Katie Taylor was off winning yet another gold medal at the World Championship as she continues to cement her place as the greatest female boxer of all time.
The Bray native now has a fifth world championship gold medal to add to her already impressive collection after she was victorious in the AIBA World Elite lightweight final against Yana Allekseevana this morning. Her amazing achievement has been recognised by many of Ireland's sporting greats, and her father and coach Peter was the first to comment on her outstanding career to date.
Speaking to Radio One this morning, he said "five world titles, what can you say? She is unbelievable, a legend". Billy Walsh, head of the High Performance Unit of Irish Boxing said that Katie is by far and away at the top of her field: "She knows her competitors have been chasing her for 10 years now...I think we are in the midst of seeing the greatest ever athlete that Ireland has ever produced."
They weren't the only ones who were doling out the praise today, as fellow fighter and MMA star Conor McGregor noted that she was an inspiration to every athlete.
WOW @KatieTaylor with her 5th World Championship GOLD in a ROW! An inspiration to everyone grinding towards their dream!! Congrats Katie :-)
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 24, 2014
Another of Ireland's great sport stars was also quick to praise Taylor, while even Enda Kenny was up early to keep an eye on her progress this morning.
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) November 24, 2014
Katie The Great, we are all so proud of you, congratulations! @KatieTaylor
— Enda Kenny (@EndaKennyTD) November 24, 2014
Speaking to Darren O'Neill of the Irish Sports Council after the bout, Taylor was thankful and humble, as she always is, and wanted to express her gratitude for all the fans back at home who were rooting for her all the way.
If you weren't up in time to catch it live this morning, then you can watch her performance below.