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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