Batyrgaziev and Gadzhimagomedov are finalists while Pat McCormack claimed silver in Tokyo03 August 2021
The Tokyo Olympic Games continued after the rest day in Japan’s capital where two sessions were on the program of Day10. Russian Olympic Committee’s duo Albert Batyrgaziev and Muslim Gadzhimagomedov advanced to the finals in Tokyo while Great Britain’s Pat McCormack claimed silver medal at the welterweight (69kg).
Altogether 24 European nations could send boxers to the Olympic Games to Japan where the continent have got 92 tough boxers including 33 women. Among them 19 earned medals after nine competition days and four new boxers joined to them. Russia, Great Britain, Turkey, Ukraine, Ireland, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Italy, Netherlands, Finland and Armenia claimed at least one medal in the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The bout of the day
Russian Olympic Committee’s Albert Batyrgaziev had a lucky success over Thailand’s Chatchai Decha Butdee in the quarter-finals but he survived the most difficult moments and advanced to the semi-finals. The Russian, who won the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event, had difficulties in the first round once again, this time against Cuba’s three-time AIBA World Champion Lazaro Alvarez. Both boxers have got outstanding technical skills and Batyrgaziev has done the same strong comeback in the second part of the bout how he has done in the quarter-finals. Batyrgaziev won the bout by split decision and will be facing for the gold medal with United States’ Duke Ragan.
The surprise of the day
Cuba’s Yosbany Veitia claimed three medals in the history of the AIBA World Boxing Championships and several other top results in the major competitions since 2010. The Cuban boxer met with another boxer who were born in 1992, Great Britain’s Galal Yafai in the quarter-finals of the men’s flyweight (52kg). Yafai surprised the Cuban star with his effective shots in the first round and took the lead on the scorecards. Veitia was slightly better in the second round but Yafai proved smarter boxing today and his tactical abilities delivered a surprise success for the British boxer who is now medallist in Tokyo.
Armenia’s Hovhannes Bachkov earned gold medals at the Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Boxing Championships and at the Minsk 2019 European Games. The 29-year-old boxer received the right to carry Armenia’s flag in the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games and after ten competition days, Bachkov bagged a medal. The experienced Armenian met with Uzbekistan’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Elnur Abduraimov in the quarter-finals of the lightweight (63kg) and he took the lead on the scorecards after three minutes of fight. Bachkov was quicker and more punctual than his Central Asian opponent therefore the Armenian marched into the semi-finals.
Russian Olympic Committee’s defending AIBA World Champion and European Games winner Muslim Gadzhimagomedov faced with a dangerous rival, New Zealand’s two-time Commonwealth Games winner David Nyika in the semi-finals of the heavyweight (91kg). The Russian boxer landed the better jabs in the first round when both boxers were effective in the attacks. Gadzhimagomedov defeated his Kiwi rival in the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships by split decision and he was able to do the same result against Nyika in Tokyo, joining to the final. Gadzhimagomedov will be meeting for the gold medal with Cuba’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games winner Julio Cesar La Cruz.
Ireland’s first Olympic medal was achieved by Aidan Walsh at the men’s welterweight (69kg) which is an unexpected bronze. Following his impressive efforts, their female star, Kellie Harrington claimed the country’s second medal in the Tokyo Olympic Games. The 2018 AIBA Women’s World Champion was too strong for her rivals in the previous competitions and she started also well against Algeria’s All Africa Games winner tall Imane Khelif. The Irish lightweight (60kg) boxer used her counter-attacking style and quick actions to decide their contest earning a guaranteed medal in Tokyo.
Finland’s Mira Potkonen claimed bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games which was the only one from her nation in the whole event. The Finnish veteran won several major championships in the Olympic cycle and she proved top performance in the last round against South Korea’s three-time Asian Champion Oh Yeon Ji. Potkonen landed punches from all of the possible angles against Turkey’s technician Esra Yildiz and she had strong advantage after three minutes. Finland’s 41-year-old veteran used up all of her experiences to catch the quick Turkish boxer and earned her second Olympic medal after Rio.