The Asian/Oceanian Boxing Road to Tokyo qualifier came to an end in Amman, Jordan, today. A total of 221 athletes (151 men and 70 women) from 35 countries competed over nine days in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events), aiming for the 63 Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places to be decided by this continental event.
A total of 14 countries finished on the podium in Amman. The People’s Republic of China finished atop the medals standings with a total of six medals, including four gold and two bronze medals. Uzbekistan followed in second place, with three gold and three bronze, also thanks to the victory of Bakhodir JALOLOV in the Men’s Super-Heavyweight (+91kg) final, the last bout of the tournament. Kazakhstan won the highest number of medals, eight, but placed third in the overall medals standings, with two gold, two silver and four bronze medals.
Seventeen different countries won at least one qualification spot for Tokyo 2020 through the tournament in Amman. India and Kazakhstan won the highest number of quota places, nine each out of 13 weight categories, while home country Jordan claimed a record number of five Olympic berths.
On the ninth and final competition day, 11 box-offs and 13 finals took place at the Prince Hamzah Hall, assigning the Asian/Oceanian qualifier’s gold medals. The final rankings of this tournament will also be used to determinate the seedings for the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament.
Top seed and reigning world champion Mirazizbek MIRZAKHAILOVof Uzbekistan upset the Jordanian fans, in the Men’s Featherwight (52-57kg) final, as he outscored by a unanimous decision local hero Mohammad Abdelaziz Mohamm ALWADI, the 34-year-old Amman resident who claimed his first Olympic quota place on his home turf, after 21 years in the sport. But the home crowd celebrated soon after, at the end of the Men’s Welterweight (63-69kg) final, as Jordan’s Zeyad Eishaih Hussein ISHAISH secured gold, leaving the silver to India’s Vikas KIRSHAN, by a unanimous decision of the judges.
In the Men’s Flyweight (48-52kg) division, China’s HU Jianguan claimed the fastest victory of the tournament. After 59 seconds into the first round, he landed a strong punch on the neck of Thailand’s Thitisan PANMOT, compromising his balance. The referee immediately stopped the contest, awarding the Chinese athlete the gold medal, as PANMOT was still sitting on his stool. “This is the first time that I’ve knocked out an opponent, and right now I’m very worried for him and I hope he is all right.” HU said. PANMOT quickly recovered after the bout, however. “I came here to achieve a target and I’m very happy to leave as the winner of this tournament,” said HU.
In the Men’s Lightweight (57-63kg) box-off, India’s Manish KAUSHIK beat Australia’s Harrison GARSIDE (seeded second here in Amman), securing a qualification spot for Tokyo 2020. “It was my dream to play at the Olympics, and today it has finally come true for me and my family,” the Indian athlete said. “My coaches have played a huge contribution in this. Thank you everyone.”
In the Women’s Flyweight (48-51kg) class, China’s Yuan CHANG finally overcame Japan’s NAMIKI Tsukimi, fighting back in the third round, after she had suffered in the first two rounds of the bout. The 2018 Asian Games champion changed her strategy after the second round, showing more determination as the countdown ticked closer and closer to zero. “I asked my coaches after the first two rounds what the score was, and when I realised that I was losing I told them that I wanted to be more aggressive, because in the first two rounds I was very technical,” the gold medal-winner said. “My objective for Tokyo is to be on top of the podium, to hear my anthem and see my flag waving.”
Find the list of allocated quota places here
Coming next: London’s European qualifier opens in three days
The Boxing Road to Tokyo series moves now to London, Great Britain, where the European qualifying event is about to commence. There, 342 boxers from 45 nations will compete at the Copperbox Arena from 14 to 24 March, competing for 50 Olympic quota places (find the qualification system here). Tickets for the Boxing Road to Tokyo in London are on sale online here (click to open link).
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