Day 8 of the boxing tournament at the III European Games in Krakow-Malapolska featured 26 semifinals, determining the finalists in the 13 weight categories scheduled for July 1st and 2nd.
Between the afternoon and evening sessions today, the last 8 Paris 2024 Olympic quota places were distributed here. This tournament serves as a continental qualifier for the Boxing Road to Paris series, awarding a total of 44 qualification slots across all 13 boxing categories.
During the afternoon session, Billal Bennama (FRA) and Samet Gumus (TUR) secured their tickets to Paris in the Men’s 51kg category, while Jack Marley (IRL) and Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine (ITA) qualified in the Men’s 92kg weight class.
In the evening session, Davina-Myrha Michel (FRA) and Aoife O’Rourke (IRL) earned their spots for Paris in the Women’s 75kg weight class. Mahammad Abdullayev (AZE) and Delicious Justin Orie (GBR) claimed the Men’s +92kg quota places.
After all quotas were distributed, France finished at the top of the list with 7 Paris 2024 tickets, followed by Turkey with 6 and Ireland with 5. A total of 17 countries earned at least 1 quota place. Along the Boxing Road to Paris, there will be four more continental qualifiers (Africa, Asia, Americas, Oceania), followed by two World Qualifiers to be held in the first half of 2024 (dates and locations TBD), providing European athletes with two more chances to secure participation slots for the Games.
In today’s evening session:
The Women’s 50kg final will see Buse Naz Cakiroglu (TUR) facing Wassila Lkhadiri (FRA). They advanced to the gold medal match by defeating Italy’s Giordana Sorrentino (5-0) and Spain’s Laura Fuertes Fernandez (5-0) tonight.
Bulgaria’s Svetlana Kamenova Staneva defeated Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medalist Irma Testa (ITA) to advance to the Women’s 57kg final to be held on July 2. That night, she will go up against France’s Amina Zidani, who beat the reigning Commonwealth Games champion Michaela Walsh (IRL) via a 4-1 split decision.
The 2022 World Champion, Davina-Myrha Michel from France, easily won her Women’s 75kg bout against Irina Nicoletta Schoenberger (GER) with a commanding score of 5-0. Moments later, the entire Nowy Targ Arena erupted in cheers for Elzbieta Wojcik, the local athlete fighting for a medal on her home turf. The Polish boxer faced Ireland’s Aoife O’Rourke, securing the judges’ votes in round 1 but ultimately losing to the Irish in rounds 2 and 3. Both Davina-Myrha Michel and Aoife O’Rourke secured Paris 2024 quota places and will now face each other in the European Games gold medal match on July 2.
In the Men’s 57kg weight category, Javier Ibanez Diaz (BUL) defeated Nebil Mahmud Ibrahim (SWE) with a score of 4-1 and will compete in the gold medal match against Spain’s Jose Quiles Brotons, who won 5-1 against Belgium’s Vasile Usturoi.
Vakhid Abbasov from Serbia claimed a unanimous decision victory over France’s Makan-Vie Traore in the Men’s 71kg category, earning a place in the final against Nikolai Terteryan (DEN), who advanced to the gold medal bout via a walkover in his semifinal match against Tugrulhan Erdemir (TUR).
In the Men’s +92kg semifinals, Mahammad Abdullayev (AZE) won a hard-fought match against Germany’s Nelvie Raman Tiafack (4-1), securing a spot in the gold medal match against Delicious Justin Orie (GBR), who outscored Yordan Alain Hernandez Morejon (BUL) 5-0 to advance in the tournament. Both Mahammad Abdullayev and Delicious Justin Orie were granted Paris 2024 qualification slots.
The boxing tournament of the III European Games will continue with two nights of medal matches on July 1st and 2nd, featuring 13 finals in the Nowy Targ Arena. Stay tuned for more exciting boxing action!
Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded today, by event:
Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded at the European Games, by event:
Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded at the Euopean Games, by country:
France, 7 Quota Places:
Turkey, 6 Quota Places:
Ireland, 5 Quota Places:
Italy, 4 Quota Places:
Bulgaria, 3 Quota Places:
Great Britain, 3 Quota Places:
Azerbaijan, 2 Quota Places:
Belgium, 2 Quota Places:
Hungary, 2 Quota Places:
Serbia, 2 Quota Places:
Spain, 2 Quota Places:
Croatia, 1 Quota Place:
Denmark, 1 Quota Place:
Georgia, 1 Quota Place:
Romania, 1 Quota Place:
Sweden, 1 Quota Place:
Ukraine, 1 Quota Place: