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29 May 2016
Kazakhstan wins four women’s boxing gold medals in Astana
Astana, Kazakhstan, May 27, 2016: Friday afternoon saw the final session of the 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in the Barys Arena, Astana, with a remarkable 13 countries vying for gold medals.
As the sun went down on a memorable competition, hosts Kazakhstan had won four of the 10 titles on offer, China two and France, Great Britain, Italy and the USA one apiece.
The finals began with a unanimous points victory for home favourite and defending champion Nazym Kyzaibay over China’s Wang Yuyan.
“I am so happy that I won the gold medal today in Astana,” said Nazym. “I tried to display my best boxing in every bout, but I want to give huge thanks to all of the boxing fans who have supported me and the team throughout these championships.”
After three World Championship silvers, Britain’s London Olympics champion, Nicola Adams, finally won flyweight gold with a split-decision win over Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam.
Bulgarian Stoyka Petrova had been in thrilling form in Astana all week but lost a tight bantamweight final against Kazakhstan’s Dina Zholaman.
Italian featherweight top-seed Alessia Mesiano fulfilled her pre-tournament promise with an exceptional run to the final, where she defeated India’s Sonia Lather.
China’s Yang Wenlu halted Kellie Harrington’s bold bid for gold with a brilliant display of light welterweight boxing, taking it to her Irish opponent from the outset. Yang’s fast hands and speed around the ring proved decisive, earning the Chinese team their first gold of the championships.
At welterweight, Valentina Khalzova struggled to cope with the tall figure of China’s Gu Hong, who dominated the early exchanges. Khalzova started to find more success as she worked her way in closer, and won the final rounds to earn a famous victory for the host nation.
The defending light heavyweight champion Yang Xiaoli was in typically dominant mood against Kaye Scott, as she denied the Australian team a first-ever World Championship gold. China’s Yang controlled the ring on the front foot and as Scott resorted to bodyshots, Yang took control and the gold medal.
Kazakhstan’s Lazzat Kungeibayeva earned a unanimous points win over the United States’ Shadasia Green in the heavyweight final, to collect the host country’s fourth gold medal of the event.
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