After a week of superb action which has seen the best women’s athletes from Asia compete over many rounds of high level competition, the final ten final bouts of the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Championships took place today in Wulanchabu, China.
Gold medal winners in Wulanchabu
- 48 kg: E Naiyan, China
- 51 kg: Ren Cancan, China
- 54 kg: Peamwilai Laopeam, Thailand
- 57 kg: Tassamalee Thongjan, Thailand
- 60 kg: Oh Yeon Ji, Korea
- 64 kg: Yang Wenlu, China
- 69 kg: Gu Hong, China
- 75 kg: Dariga Shakimova, Kazakhstan
- 81 kg: Yang Xiaoli, China
- +81 kg: Wang Shijin, China
Bout of the day
China’s Yang Xiaoli defeated India’s Saweety Boora for the gold medal at Light Heavyweight (81 kg) in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships last November, and won another significant bout over her Indian opponent in their Chinese final.
Boora fought with tremendous heart and motivation throughout the contest, but Xiaoli’s clever use of range allowed her to dictate the pace of the bout.
Xiaoli’s height advantage was used to perfection as she slipped the dangerous attacks from Boora, while she frequently dazzled her home spectators with confident and effective shots.
After four rounds of entertaining boxing, Xiaoli claimed the deserved victory, and the gold medal.
Team of the day
Thailand claimed two excellent gold medals on the final competition day, beginning with a brilliant Bantamweight (56 kg) triumph for Asian Indoor Games winner Peamwilai Laopeam over Philippines’ AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Nesthy Petecio.
Former AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Tassamalee Thongjan clinched a second Thai gold by using her footwork and timing to defeat DPR Korea’s Ri Kwang Suk in the Featherweight (57 kg) final.
Surprise of the day
After China’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Li Qian eliminated her main rival and Incheon 2014 Asian Games winner Jang Un Hui in the quarter-finals, she became the overwhelming favourite of the Middleweight (75 kg) division in China.
Despite that, she suffered a surprise defeat in her final to Kazakhstan’s Dariga Shakimova, who claimed her second ASBC Asian Women’s Continental Championship by unanimous decision.
China’s E Naiyan won gold at Light Flyweight (48 kg) in her first ever major tournament by outpointing beating DPR Korea’s U Yong Gum, while her compatriot and three-time Flyweight (51 kg) AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships gold medalist Ren Cancan defeated DPR Korea’s Ri Hyang.
Korea’s Oh Yeon Ji eliminated China’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games winner Yin Junhua in the Lightweight (60 kg) semi-finals, and continued her winning path with a final triumph over DPR Korea’s Ri Tong Sun.
Ji could be a potential rival in Rio 2016 for Ireland’s London 2012 Olympic Games winner Katie Taylor.
Fact of the day
A record number of thirteen nations claimed medals at the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Championships, where China topped the team rankings.
Uzbekistan had never previously achieved any medals in the history of this event, but claimed four medals in China, including silvers for Shakhnoza Nizamova and Guzal Ismatova.
Tajikistan also earned a brace of medals, with London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist Mavzuna Chorieva and Shoira Zulkaynarova achieving podium places.
Athletes from Chinese Taipei and Vietnam also claimed medals, while Oh Yeon Ji became Korea’s first ever gold medalist.
Quote of the day
“It was my third final in continental events against a boxer from DPR Korea, where previously I had won one and lost one bout. I had never fought Ri Kwang Suk before, but we built up a strong tactic by watching her contests here in Wulanchabu. I am very happy I could defend my throne in the Asian Championships, which gives me power to prepare well for the qualification events,” said Thailand’s Tassamalee Thongjan.