The afternoon session of the
eighth competition day was an important stage in the Asian Games in Hangzhou.
India, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, DPR Korea and China earned the next Olympic
spots while Wu Yu is the first finalist in the event.
China’s Wu Yu and Mongolia’s
Yesugen Oyuntsetseg both have qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games with
their previous victories at the women’s light flyweight (50kg). The Mongolian
looked satisfied with the bronze medal and the Olympic spot while Wu felt the
love of the crowd to win the first semi-final of the Asian Games. The World
Champion Chinese won the bout by unanimous decision and she became the first
finalist in Hangzhou.
India’s Parveen Hooda was ASBC
Asian Champion at the light welterweight (63kg) in 2022 but she found her best
Olympic category a few months ago. The tall boxer moved down to the
featherweight (57kg) and she eliminated a local star first, and she had the comfortable
advantage after two rounds in the key quarter-final as well. Her opponent,
Uzbekistan’s Sitora Turdibekova is a young but experienced boxer but today
Parveen’s height advantage was the difference between them.
Chinese Taipei earned four
Olympic quotas in the previous cycle and their Lin Yu Ting became the first who
earned a spot for Paris 2024. The two-time World Champion eliminated
Philippines’ Nesthy Petecio in the preliminary round and she had the same
tactics against Thailand’s Asian U22 Champion Porntip Buapa. Lin was a hard
target in this quarter-final bout and her confident style of boxing guaranteed
the quota for Chinese Taipei.
Thailand’s Thananya Somnuek
earned Asian titles in the youth and U22 age groups and this year she is their
top lightweight (60kg) boxer. The 22-year-old Thai had aggressive attacks in
the first round of the quarter-final against Indonesia’s Huswatun Hasanah and
she had the clear advantage on the scorecards after three minutes. Somnuek was
in different level today and she stopped the regional rival in the second
round, earning Thailand’s second Olympic quota for Paris.
DPR Korea’s Won Un Gyong
eliminated a top boxer in the preliminary round of the women’s lightweight
(60kg) and the former Junior World Champion marched into the semi-finals today.
She had difficulties with India’s Jaismine Lamboria in the first round when her
opponent used her longer reach better. The 24-year-old North Korean pressurized
the Indian in the second round and the referee stopped the bout in that period
which means that Won followed Pang Chol Mi to the Olympics.
Kazakhstan’s Natalia Bogdanova
is a new ace in their national team who dominated her quarter-final from the
second round against Mongolia’s Myagmarsuren Tsetsegdari. The strong Kazakh welterweight
(66kg) boxer advanced to the semi-finals and for the Olympic quota she has to
box against Thailand’s two-time World medallist Janjaem Suwannapheng. The
22-year-old Thai eliminated South Korea’s Seon Su Jin in the next quarter-final
with confident boxing.
Iraq’s Ali Qasim Hamdan Al-Sarray is their lone competitor in Hangzhou but he had a lucky triumph against Kyrgyzstan’s Askat Kultayev and joined the semi-finals. Chinese Taipei’s Rio Olympian Lai Chu En had also a close success but he controlled the first and third rounds well enough against China’s Wang Xiangyang to win the quarter-final at the men’s light welterweight (63.5kg).
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