We’ve obtained our first boxing gold medalist at Tokyo 2020, and it’s a hometown fighter.
20-year-old Sena Irie of Japan, a Tokyo native, received a really shut choice over Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines to say the ladies’s featherweight gold medal — the first-ever girls’s featherweight gold medalist in Olympics historical past, actually, because the division was simply added this 12 months.
Irie and Petecio had been shut all through, with two energetic rounds to open the competition ending with one choose having the host nation boxer up 20-18, and the opposite 4 playing cards even at 19-19.
Irie’s little flurries in a frankly ragged third spherical from each opponents sealed the deal for all 5 judges within the third, giving her a 5:0 consequence formally, however a bout that was rather more intently contested than that may make it appear.
On her strategy to gold, Irie defeated Yamileth Solorzano of El Salvador, No. 2 seed Khouloud Hlimi of Tunisia, Romania’s Maria Nechita, and within the semifinals, a really shut win over Nice Britain’s Karris Artingstall.
Petecio, who wins silver, was the primary boxer to win in Tokyo, opening your entire competitors with a victory over Namibia’s Marcelat Sakobi, and occurring to defeat prime seed Yu-ting Lin of Chinese language Taipei, Jenny Marcela Arias of Colombia, and Italy’s Irma Testa.