Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Chinese Taipei and China earned the next Olympic quotas in the evening session of Day8 in Hangzhou. Tajikistan’s Mizhgona Samadova and Davlat Boltayev delighted their homeland with two Olympic quotas.
India’s Nikhat Zareen, the two-time World Champion, defeated Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat in the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Championships six months ago but that contest was her tightest bout in this Olympic cycle. The Indian started well in the first round against the dangerous opponent who had the attempt to beat Zareen with her speed and footwork. Raksat had better actions seconds by seconds and her next two rounds were enough to turn back this semi-final. The 30-year-old Thai joined the final of the light flyweight (50kg) while Zareen lost her perfect pedigree.
Kazakhstan’s Karina Ibragimova, the reigning Asian Champion at the women’s featherweight (57kg), was the favourite against Mongolia’s Namuun Monkhor in their quarter-final bout which decided the Olympic quota. The 27-year-old multiple World medallist Kazakh had the smart strategy against the younger Mongolian and she impressed in the first round. Ibragimova continued it in the same way until the last gong and she earned Kazakhstan’s first Olympic quota for Paris 2024.
Tajikistan’s Mizhgona Samadova switched from other martial arts to boxing and six years of experience in our sport was enough for her to qualify for the Olympic Games. The Tajik featherweight (57kg) boxer was motivated and she was never stopped attacking in her quarter-final against Japan’s Satsuki Yoshizawa. The 25-year-old Tajik won all of the rounds in each of the scorecard and after Mavzuna Chorieva’s success in 2012, she is the second female boxer from the country who qualified for an Olympics. Her compatriot, Davlat Boltayev also qualified for the Games at the men’s heavyweight (92kg).
China’s former World Champion Yang Wenlu was too experienced for Mongolia 20-year-old Nomin-Erdene Tugsjargal and she earned the host country’s next Olympic spot at the women’s lightweight (60kg). Her teammate, the defending World Champion Yang Liu used her distance strongly from the second round against DPR Korea’s Hwang Hyo Sun and the Inner Mongolian boxer joined the semi-finals of the welterweight (66kg).
Chinese Taipei’s Wu Shih Yi had her second hectic bout but she eliminated Uzbekistan’s Raykhona Kodirova by 3:2 split decision and she qualified for her second Olympic Games at the women’s lightweight (60kg). Her teammate, Chen Nien Chin, the World Champion and the ASBC Asian Champion was too strong for Tajikistan’s Shoira Zulkaynarova, making a perfect competition day for Chinese Taipei.
Thailand’s Asian Champion Bunjong Sinsiri moved down to the light welterweight (63.5kg) successfully and he is now a guaranteed medallist in Hangzhou following his tight success over DPR Korea’s Choe Chol Man. The 31-year-old Thai will be meeting for the Olympic spot Mongolia’s Chinzorig Baatarsukh, another Asian Champion, who eliminated Kazakhstan’s Yertugan Zeinullinov today.
Syria’s Mediterranean Games winner Ahmad Ghossoun was better in the first and third rounds than Tajikistan’s Shabbos Negmatulloev and he joined the semi-finals of the men’s light heavyweight (80kg). His semi-final opponent will be Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial who had the great comeback in the second round after Weerapon Jongjoho’s strong first round. The Filipino Olympic Games bronze medallist knocked out the regional rival and he is medallist once again after the 2018 Jakarta edition.