Great Britain and Russia both earned three gold medals in the Youth Olympic Games18 October 2018
The boxing tournament of the Youth Olympic Games finished in the Argentinean capital in Buenos Aires today where Great Britain and Russia both won three gold medals. Karol Itauma, Ilia Popov, Martina La Piana and Caroline Dubois impressed in the fifth competition day and became Youth Olympic Games winners.
Following Singapore and Nanjing the third edition of the Youth Olympic Games was held in the Argentinean capital in Buenos Aires. The qualification event for the Youth Olympic Games in our continent the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships was held in Roseto degli Abruzzi in April.
Ukraine’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Maksym Halinichev used the recent six months to prepare for the Youth Olympic Games. The 18-year-old Ukrainian bantamweight (56kg) boxer had to meet for the title with Uzbekistan’s AIBA Youth World Champion Abdumalik Khalokov. Halinichev gave in everything and tried to avoid the Uzbek punches but his today’s performance was not enough to beat star Khalokov and took a valuable silver medal in Buenos Aires.
Great Britain’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Hassan Azim dominated his Box-off against Morocco’s Mohammed Boulaouja and following the fourth standings counts the referee stopped the contest and he claimed the bronze medal of the men’s light welterweight (64kg). In the same category Russia’s AIBA Youth World Champion EUBC European Youth Champion Ilia Popov returned to his final in the second round still in time against Kazakhstan’s Talgat Shaiken and turned back the bout achieving a gold medal in Buenos Aires.
Russia’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Ruslan Kolesnikov was the main favourite of the men’s light heavyweight (81kg) in the Youth Olympic Games but he was not able to repeat his previous performances this time. The 18-year-old Russian knew his rival Great Britain’s Karol Itauma but did not feel well the fighting distance. The British boxer delivered his best ever performance with perfect timing and won the gold medal in Buenos Aires defeating Kolesnikov by split decision.
Italy’s No.1 EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Martina La Piana did a super job against India’s Guwahati 2017 AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Jyoti in the quarter-finals and she defeated also United States’ AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Heaven Garcia during her road to the finals. La Piana, who is one of the youngest boxers in the whole Games, controlled her final against Nigeria’s Adijat Adeyemo Gbadamosi and secured her career highlight with the Youth Olympic Games title.
Great Britain’s biggest talent in our sport AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion and three-time EUBC European Champion Caroline Dubois impressed in each competition day of the Youth Olympic Games. The 17-year-old Dubois won her contests by large margin of differences during her road to the final of the lightweight (60kg) in the Youth Olympic Games. The English pride used her rapid counter-attacks against Thailand’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Porntip Buapa in the final and overcame her rival. Dubois continued her unbeaten series and bagged Great Britain’s third gold medal in the Youth Olympic Games.