Twenty-eight more quota places were awarded today in Amman, during day seven at Asian/Oceanian Boxing Road to Tokyo qualifier in Amman, as the semi-finals and the box-offs tool place for the women’s fly (48-51kg), feather (54-57kg), and light (57-60kg) events and for the men’s fly (48-52kg), feather (52-57kg), light (57-63kg), welter (63-69kg) and middle (69-75kg) weights categories.
Jordanian fans rocked the Prince Hamzah Hall in Amman, cheering out loud for Obada Mohammad Mustafa ALKASBEH, who won the host country its fourth Olympic quota place beating seed top seed Bakhodur USMONOV of Tajikistan in the men’s light weight (57-63kg) event.
“I can’t tell you how much this means to me to reach my second Olympics,” said the Rio 2016 Olympian. In 2019, he had lost to the same USMONOV in the Asian Championship final. “I learned a lot from last year’s final against him and kept to the plan that we made to beat him.”
His teammate Mohammad Abdelaziz Mohamm ALWADI, competing in the men’s feather (52-57kg) event, secured the fifth quota for the home team, beating South Korea’s Sangmyeong HAM. His victory extends the already exceptional success of Jordan in this tournament: the country has never had as many boxers qualified for an Olympic edition.
“I have worked solidly for four years for this,” he said. “I haven’t seen my family for a month because we have all trained so hard for our Olympic dream. This is it now. I want to go on and win a gold medal. The crowd was amazing. Thank-you to everyone for coming out to see me. I have made you proud I hope.”
In the women’s feather (54-57kg), Australia’s top seed Skye NICOLSON was the fourth Australian boxer to secure an Olympic quota place, defeating Mongolia’s Bolortuul TUMRKHUYA through a sharp 5-0 decision. In the same weight class, South Korea’s IM Aeji and Chinese Taipei’s LIN Yu-Ting advanced to the semi-finals, both with a unanimous decision. Japan’s IRIE Sena beat seed number one, Nesthy PETECIO of the Philippines, to become the first Japanese female boxer to qualify for Tokyo. “I can’t believe I defeated the world champion to get this quota place,” she said. “When I fought Petecio at the World Championships I felt a lot of pressure, but today I fought bravely and am so happy I won it!”
In the men’s fly (48-52kg) category, Indian’s top seed and world number one Amit PANGHAL qualified for Tokyo by defeating Carlo PAALAM of the Philippines. In the following bout, China’s HU Jianguan over-scored fourth seed Saken BIBOSSINOV of Kazakhstan to advance to the semi-finals and to book his second participation in the Olympic Games. “I have more experience than my opponent, and I used my speed and flexibility to my advantage. I’m happy to get another chance to go to the Olympics,” the Chinese athlete said. Later in the session, both Thitisan PANMOT of Thailand and seed number two Shakhobidin ZOIROV passed through the quarter finals, claiming a spot in Tokyo.
In the men’s welter weight division (63-69kg) China’s Qiong ERSUN MAIMAITITU and Japan’s Mensari Quincy Sewonrets OKAZAWA won their respective box off bouts and will meet on the ring in a second box off, aiming at the last Olympic quota up for grabs in their class.
In the women’s flyweight (48-51kg) category, six-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom HMANGTE – “Magnificent Mary” – secured a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Games beating Irish MAGNO of the Philippines, eight year after her first Olympic participation. “I deserve this because I have faced so many challenges,” said Kom. “I have had to put up with a lot of negativity with people saying I would never make it back after marriage, having children and so on. But I have shown them who I am and what I can do.” She will next fight another former World Champion, Yuan Chang, of China, in the last four of her weight class.
Yeinji OH (South Korea), Sudaporn SEESONDEE (Thailand), WU Shih-YI (Chinese Taipei) and Simranjit Kaur BAATTH (India) won the four quota places awarded today in the women’s light weight (57-60kg) event. They will all advance to the semi-finals, looking for a spot on Amman’s podium, and to gain points for a better seeding at the Games.
Follow the semi-finals live
The Boxing Road to Tokyo Asian/Oceanian qualifying event has attracted 221 athletes (151 men and 70 women) from 35 countries, who have been competing for 63 Olympic quota places in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events) since the 3rd of March.
Action will continue with 28 semi-finals. Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English, Russian and Hindi. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.
News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated Amman qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.