Day 8, afternoon session: Japan’s IRIE advances to Women’s Feather final, ROC and CHN granted a Women’s Middle medal

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 31: Sena Irie of Team Japan celebrates after winning the bronze medal against Karriss Artingstall of Team Great Britain after the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) semi final on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino – Pool/Getty Images)

Home boxer IRIE “The Crocodile” Sena made Japan proud once again, today, as she beat Great Britain’s Karriss ARTINGSTALL advancing to the gold medal match in the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) weight class.  

Competing on her home turf, the 20-year-old first-time Olympian outdid her opponent with a split decision score of 3:2 points, after leading round one, and then resisting the British’s assaults throughout round two and three. ARTINGSTAL’s journey in Tokyo ends here, but she collects a bronze medal, stepping on the podium at her first Olympic participation.

IRIE said: “It was a very close match but if I had lost in the third round I probably would’ve regretted it for the rest of my life so I made myself stronger in the last match, mentally.”

“After every punch I was able to go past the punches and get a punch in, which is why I was able to win.”

“The opponent was very strong so even though I was guarding, I was being pushed back so I thought that I had lost. But I am really glad to have won.”

“I honestly did not think I would be going to final so I’m really happy to have come this far, and now that I have gone to final, I want to get the gold.”

The Women’s Feather final match will see IRIE going up against Nesthy PETECIO of the Philippines on 3 August, as the Pilipino boxer qualified for the final earlier today, beating Italy’s Irma TESTA.

Two more medallists emerged from the Women’s Middle (69-75kg) quarterfinals, today. Russian Olympic Committee’s Zenfira MAGOMEDALIEVA advanced to the semifinal through a 4:1 victory over Rady Adosinda GRAMANE of Mozambique. The 2019 World and European Champion – competing in her first edition of the Games – is aiming at the tournament’s brightest medal, while is already assured at least a bronze. On the way leading to the gold medal match she will face Rio 2016’s Olympic bronze medallist LI Qian of the People’s Republic of China, as the Chinese athlete served a 5:0 defeat to Pooka RANI of India in today’s quarterfinal.

In the Men’s Fly (48-52kg) weight class, Cuba’s Yosbany VEITIA overscored Ghana’s Tetteh SULEMANU. Seed #3 VEITIA made it look easy, as he defeated his opponent with a clean 5:0 win, moving on to the quarterfinal. There, he will face Galal YAFAI of Great Britain, who clinched a 3:2 victory over Zambia’s Patrick CHINYEMBA.

Saken BIBOSSINOV of Kazakhstan claimed a unanimous decision victory in the last Men’s Flyweight round of 16 bout, upsetting seed #2 Billal BENNAMA of France, who had been one of the main protagonists of the Boxing Road to Tokyo qualifier in Paris, earlier this year. Propelled to the quarterfinal, BIBOSSINOV will meet Spain’s Gabriel ESCOBAR MASCUNANO, who took a 4:1 victory on Bulgaria’s Daniel Panev ASENOV.

The Men’s Light (57-63kg) division round of 16 continued this afternoon with another Cuban success, as Andy CRUZ upset Great Britain’s Luke McCORMACK via a 5:0 decision. Wanderson DE OLIVEIRA of Brazil, who had the best of Dzmitry ASANAU of Belarus, will meet him in the quarterfinal. The last Lightweights quarterfinal match will see Zakir SAFIULLIN of Kazakhstan facing Australia’s Harry GARSIDE.

Event schedule and results

Find the event schedule and the results here.  

Updated Draw Sheets

Women’s Feather (54-57kg)

Women’s Middle (69-75kg)

Men’s Fly (48-51kg)

Men’s Light (57-63kg)

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