Day 14: SURMENELI earns welterweights title, becomes Turkey’s first Olympic boxing champ ever

07/08/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 07: Busenaz Surmeneli of Team Turkey poses for a photo with her gold medal during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Welter (64-69kg) on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

In the last final of Tokyo 2020 Boxing Tournament’s Day 14, reigning world champion Busenaz SURMENELI claimed Turkey’s first Olympic gold medal ever in boxing, winning the Women’s Welter (64-69kg) final at the Kokugikan Arena.

The 23-year-old Turkish boxer beat the 2019 Asian Champion GU Hong of the People’s Republic of China (32) via a 3:0 decision, as GU was given a -1 pt. warning penalty in the final.

In what will go down in history as a memorable day for the Turkish boxing movement, SURMENELI secured her Olympic title minutes after her teammate Buse Naz CAKIROGLU winning Turkey’s first female Olympic boxing medal ever, a silver, in the Women’s Fly (48-51kg) event.

“I am really happy to get that. I am just a pioneer and this medal is for all Turkey. I hope to win more medals,” SURMENELI said.

“I had promised my late grandfather. And I accomplished my promise, that is why I was so emotional after the victory. I know he died, but I believe that he’s watching me. The first thing when I return back to Turkey, I will go back to his grave and show my medal.”

Nobody won a single round against the Turkish athlete, along the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tournament. SURMENELI won them all collecting a series of sharp scores: 5:0 against KOSZEWSKA (POL), 5:0 against LYSENKO (UKR), 5:0 against BORGOHAIN (IND), and finally 3:0 today.

“I am just trying my best,” SURMENELI commented. “In the last two years I have only lost one bout, and that happened because I was injured. I will keep on working to stay at this level.”

Silver medalist GU said:

“I don’t have regrets, because I did my best. There are still things I didn’t do well enough in training. I was unable to control myself because I didn’t do enough. But I did my best over the four bouts.”

“I am a bit sad because I did not win the brightest medal. I was unable to fully express myself, and that’s one thing I’m not satisfied with myself today,” she continued. “At the same time, I am very happy because I am sharing the podium with these great boxers. We are here, we all made it.”

Lovlina BORGOHAIN (IND) and Oshae JONES (USA) took the event’s bronze medals.

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Women’s Welter (64-69kg)

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