Stoyka Zhelyazkova KRASTEVA of Bulgaria finally made it. The 35-years-old Bulgarian athlete secured today’s Women’s Fly (48-51kg) Olympic gold medal, beating Turkey’s Buse Naz CAKIROGLU between the ropes of the Kokugikan Arena.
By leading all three rounds, KRASTEVAleft no chances to her opponent, claiming a unanimous decision victory, and giving Bulgaria its first Olympic Games gold medal in boxing since Atlanta 1996.
The veteran boxer – who competed in the bantamweights division from 2016 to 2018, winning the 2018 European Championship – climbed atop of the Olympic podium at her second Games edition. In 2012, in London, she had closed the tournament in fifth place. Today, she became the first woman representing Bulgaria to win an Olympic Games medal in boxing (each of Bulgaria’s other 18 Olympic Games medals in boxing were won by men).
KRASTEVAsaid: “This gold medal means a lot, as this has been a long-term effort for both my team and me. I am the first women boxer to win an Olympic gold for my country, I am so proud of this achievement.”
“During the final match I felt very well and very strong, because I did a very good preparation before the Games,” she continued. “I also studied a lot and worked on how to lead the bout, in terms of style and tactics, and that made the job easier for me.”
“I had a very difficult draw at the beginning of the tournament,” she added. “Nevertheless I made it, and I believe that I showed some good boxing through the course of the competition, and that I deserved this gold medal.”
Buse Naz CAKIROGLU of Turkey, a first-time Olympian who arrived here in Tokyo as one of the favorites, having won the 2019 European Championship and European Games titles, as well as the 2019 World Championship silver medal, secured today’s silver, becoming the first woman representing Turkey to win an Olympic Games medal in boxing.
Bronze medals went to NAMIKI Tsukimi of Japan, and HUANG Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei.
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