Wahner and Harrington are the European heroes at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships24 November 2018
The ninth and last competition day of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships was held in the Indian capital in New Delhi where the ten finals were in the official program. Germany’s Ornella Wahner and Ireland’s Kellie Harrington claimed the gold medals for the European continent in New Delhi.
Altogether 277 boxers attended in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and among them 118 athletes from 27 different European nations were from our continent in New Delhi. Europe claimed 15 medals in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and became the second most successful continent short after Asia.
Ukraine impressed in the semi-finals of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and two of their boxers advanced to the finals. Their new sensation in their female team Hanna Okhota, who claimed bronze medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia, had to meet in the final with India’s national icon five-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte. The 22-year-old Ukrainian was a competitive rival for Mary Kom but her efforts were not enough yet to beat the World’s most successful woman boxer.
Bulgaria’s lone finalist in New Delhi, their reigning EUBC European Women’s Champion and AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Stoyka Petrova tried to use a strong tactic against the best boxer of the bantamweight (54kg), Lin Yu Ting of Chinese Taipei. The experienced Bulgarian tried to reduce the fighting distance against her taller star rival but as it happened in the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, she claimed another silver medal.
Germany never had two semi-finalists in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships but Nadine Apetz and Ornella Wahner has done the same powerful performance. Wahner claimed gold medal in the Antalya 2011 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and after seven years that success she reached the top of the podium among the elite athletes. The 25-year-old German featherweight (57kg) boxer was aggressive from the first seconds against India’s Sonia Chahal and won their final by split decision. She is the first German woman boxer who could win the title of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Ireland’s Kellie Harrington had the strong mission to replace their five-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Katie Taylor at the lightweight (60kg). Harrington was silver medallist at the light welterweight (64kg) in the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and moved down one category to accomplish her goals. The 29-year-old Irish boxer started slowly against Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee in the final from the second she stepped into the gas and turned back their gold medal contest claiming Ireland’s first title since Katie Taylor’s retirement from amateur boxing.
Ukraine’s Maria Badulina-Bova was AIBA Women’s World Champion at the welterweight (69kg) in Qinhuangdao six years ago and advanced to her next final in New Delhi. The experienced Ukrainian attended at the light welterweight (64kg) this time but China’s Dou Dan was too strong for her today and claimed silver medal at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships as second Ukrainian.
Netherlands’ Rio 2016 Olympic Games winner and EUBC European Women’s Champion Nouchka Fontijn arrived to New Delhi as the main favourite of the middleweight (75kg) but in the final she could not use her distance well against China’s Li Qian. The Dutch No.1 knew her Asian opponent well from various international events but this time she could take only a silver medal following her tight loss.
Turkey’s veteran Sennur Demir defeated Russia’s teenager Kristina Tkacheva in the semi-finals and advanced to the final of the heavyweight (+81kg) in New Delhi. The 36-year-old Demir had to face with China’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Yang Xiaoli in the final which was the last bout of the whole competition. The Turkish boxer absolutely gave in everything to her final fight but Yang’s longer distance was enough to win their hectic and narrow title contest which means Demir earned silver medal in New Delhi.