Day 9 of the boxing tournament at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, witnessed two finals in the Women’s 50kg and Men’s 92kg categories, as well as 12 semifinals that would determine the finalists in the Women’s 54kg, Women’s 60kg, Women’s 75kg, Men’s 63.5kg, Men’s 71kg, and Men’s +92kg weight categories scheduled for October 4 and 5.
Today, two gold medal matches for Women’s 50kg and Men’s 92kg took place at the Hangzhou Gymnasium.
Yu WU (CHN) claimed the first gold medal of the tournament in the Women’s 50kg category. She secured a commanding 5-0 win over Chuthamat RAKSAT (THA), earning 10/9 scores across all three rounds. After her victory, WU expressed her emotions, stating:
“I felt like I had completed my mission. This journey was very difficult to go through. I feel like the tears that were shed and the pain that I suffered were all worth it.”
Regarding her qualification for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, WU said: “My main rival is myself. I will not be afraid of even the strongest rivals if I keep breaking through my limits and making myself stronger.”
In the Men’s 92kg final, Davlat BOLTAEV (TJK) emerged victorious after a closely contested bout. Although the athlete from Tajikistan won the first two rounds, HAN made an effort to turn the tide in the third round. However, the judges ultimately declared BOLTAEV the winner with a 3-2 split decision.
After winning the bout the boxer of Tajikistan said:
“I am happy to win the medal. All the other medallists fought well. In Tajikistan, we take competition seriously and exercise discipline. I am happy to show that in my boxing today. Indeed, I worked with my technical coach and many thanks to him. It was a joint effort. I am excited and grateful to those people who helped me with my boxing.”
Between the afternoon and evening sessions today, 8 Paris 2024 Olympic quota places were distributed here. The boxing tournament at the 19th Asian Games serves as a continental qualifier for the Boxing Road to Paris series, awarding a total of 34 qualification slots across 13 weight categories.
In the Men’s 71kg weight division, Chia Wei KAN (TPE) secured his Olympic quota place by defeating Bayramdurdy NURMUHAMMEDOV of Turkemistan. The match featured exceptional combinations from both athletes in the third round, with KAN ultimately sealing a 4-1 split decision victory. In the same weight category, Sewonrets Quincy Mensah OKAZAWA (JPN) claimed his Paris 2024 quota place with a 3-2 split decision victory over the 2018 Asian Games silver medalist Aslanbek SHYMBERGENOV of Kazakhstan.
In the Women’s 75kg event, Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Lovlina BORGOHAIN (IND) secured her spot in the gold final match by defeating the 2023 South East Asian Games champion Baison MANEEKON of Thailand. The Indian boxer, after winning the opening round with maximum points, faced a resilient opponent in the second round. However, in the third round, BORGOHAIN landed decisive punches to seal the victory for 5:0. She is set to face a formidable rival in tomorrow’s final, Qian LI (CHN), Tokyo 2020 silver medalist, who controlled the entire bout against Diem Quynh LUU (VIE), winning by unanimous decision. Thanks to this victory, LI secured an Olympic quota place in the upcoming Olympic boxing tournament in Paris.
In the Men’s 63.5kg division, Chu En LAI (TPE) earned his spot for the 2024 Paris Olympics with a commanding 5-0 victory over the talented 20-year-old Qasim Hamdan AL-SARRAY (IRQ). In the semifinal, he will face the experienced Chinzorig BAATARSUKH (MGL), who also secured his Olympic quota place with a convincing unanimous decision win over Bunjong SINSIRI of Thailand.
In the Men’s +92kg class, Kamshybek KUNKABAYEV of Kazakhstan, bronze medalist at Tokyo 2020, secured his second Olympic qualification by defeating India’s Narender with a 5-0 score. In the following bout, home boxer Danabieke BAYIKEWUZI (CHN) was unable to overcome the challenge from Bakhodir JALOLOV of Uzbekistan, who overwhelmed the Chinese opponent with a knockout in round 1. JALOLOV (UZB) will now meet KUNKABAYEV in the gold medal match scheduled for Thursday, October 5.
In today’s sessions
Preeti (IND) and Yuan CHANG (CHN) stepped into the ring for a thrilling Women’s 54 kg semifinal. The home favorite emerged victorious with a 5-0 score over the 19-year-old Indian boxer. Despite the loss, the Indian boxer secured a bronze medal and a ticket to Paris 2024. CHANG, a Tokyo 2020 boxer who finished 5th, is set to face in the final Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Cholmi PANG (PRK), who also won by the same scoreline against Nigina UKTAMOVA of Uzbekistan.
Chonryong SO (PRK) caused an upset by stunning Saudi Arabia’s Abdulaziz Khalid D ALATBI with a knockout in round 1 in their Men’s 51kg quarterfinal match. SO will face Thitisan PANMOT (THA) in the semifinal. PANMOT had a tough contest against Jiamao ZHANG (CHN), with the Chinese boxer winning the opening round but the Thai boxer staging a comeback in the second round.
After a hard-fought contest, Tomoya TSUBOI is now one win away from earning Japan a quota place in the Men’s 51kg event at the Olympics. He secured a victory with a 5-0 score in his quarter-final against Nurzhigit DIUSHEBAEV (KGZ). In the semifinal, he will meet the Rio 2016 champion Hasanboy DUSMATOV (UZB), who overcame Zohaib RASHEED from Pakistan by a unanimous points decision.
In the Women’s 60kg, Ungyong WON (PRK) emerged victorious as she outclassed Thananya SOMNUEK of Thailand with a 5-0 score. Despite losing the first round, the boxer from Democratic People’s Republic of Korea bounced back to win the second and third rounds with maximum points. WON is set to face Wenlu YANG (CHN), who, cheered on by the home crowd, triumphed with the same scoreline over Shihyi WU of Chinese Taipei.
Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Carlo PAALAM (PHI) was stopped by Uzbekistan’s Abdumalik KHALOKOV, who won aggressively landing heavy blows. KHALOKOV advanced to the Men’s 57 kg semifinal, where he will face local hero Ping LYU (CHN), who secured a 4-1 points win over the Indian Sachin.
The second semifinal, scheduled for October 4, will see Japanese boxer Shudai HARADA and Rujakran JUNTRONG (THA) in action. They both won their respective bouts by unanimous decision against Md Salim HOSSAIN (BAN) and Taebom O (PRK), respectively.
Tomorrow, October 4, promises to be an exciting day with finals in the Women’s 54kg, Women’s 75kg, Men’s 51kg, Men’s 63.5kg, Men’s 71kg, and semifinals in the Women’s 57kg, Women’s 66kg, Men’s 51 kg, Men’s 57kg, and Men’s 80kg. Additionally, 8 more Olympic quota places will be awarded. Stay tuned for more thrilling boxing action at the Asia Olympic Boxing Qualifying Tournament!
Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded today, by event:
Women’s 75 kg: Lovlina BORGOHAIN (IND), Qian LI (CHN)
Men’s 63,5 kg: Chu En LAI (TPE), Chinzorig BAATARSUKH (MGL)
Men’s 71 kg: Chia Wei KAN (TPE), Sewonrets Quincy Mensah OKAZAWA (JPN)
Men’s +92kg: Kamshybek KUNKABAYEV (KAZ), Bakhodir JALOLOV (UZB)
Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded at the 19th Asian Games, by event:
Women’s 50kg: Yesugen OYUNTSETSEG (MGL), Yu WU (CHN), Chuthamat RAKSAT (THA), Zareen NIKHAT (IND)
Women’s 54kg: Preeti (IND), Yuan CHANG (CHN), Cholmi PANG (PRK), Nigina UKTAMOVA (UZB)
Women’s 57 kg: Parveen (IND), Yu Ting LIN (TPE), Karina BRAGIMOVA (KAZ), Mijgona SAMADOVA (TJK)
Women’s 60kg: Thananya SOMNUEK (THA), Ungyong WON (PRK), Shihyi WU (TPE), Wenlu YANG (CHN)
Men’s 92kg: Xuezhen HAN (CHN), Davlat BOLTAEV (TJK)
Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded at the 19th Asian Games, by country:
China, 5 quota places
India, 4 quota places
Chinese Taipei, 4 quota places
Kazakistan, 2 quota places
Tijikistan, 2 quota places
Thailand, 2 quota places
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, 2 quota places
Mongolia, 2 quota places
Uzbekistan, 2 quota places
Japan, 1 quota place
26 quotas in total (currently)