China, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan led the way at the 2016 Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament. The top three athletes in the men’s events and the top two athletes in the women’s events qualify to the Olympics. The Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Qian’an, China from March 25th to April 2nd 2016.
The first day of finals had six of the men’s weight classes decided. It was a big night for Uzbekistan whom won four of the events and qualified to the Olympics. They won in the light flyweight (-49kg) over the Philippines, the flyweight (-52kg) over China, the welterweight (-69kg) over Thailand and the light heavyweight (-81kg) over Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan won gold in the middleweight (-75kg) over China and came in third and qualified to the Olympics in the flyweight and bantamweight (-56kg). The bantamweight was won by Thailand whom defeated India. The remaining quota places went to Mongolia in the light flyweight and welterweight, Australia in the middleweight and Kyrgyzstan in the light heavyweight.
In women’s boxing China was the top nation winning all three of the weight classes. 2012 Olympic silver medalist Ren Cancan defeated Uzbekistan’s Yodgoroy Mirzaeva in the flyweight (-51kg), Yin Junhua defeated 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Shelley Watts of Australia in the lightweight (-60kg) and Li Qian defeated Kazakhstan’s Dariga Shakimova in the middleweight (-75kg).
In the second day of finals for the men it was Kazakhstan which took home the most gold medals. 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Ivan Dychko defeated Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir in the final of the super heavyweight (+91kg). Kazakhstan’s second medal was in the light welterweight (-64kg) where Ablaikhan Zhussupov defeated Mongolia’s Baatarsükhiin Chinzorig. Mongolia won a gold medal in the lightweight (-60kg) where Dorjnyambuugiin Otgondalai defeated Charly Suarez of the Philippines. The final gold medal went to Uzbekistan whom capped off a great tournament in the heavyweight (-91kg) as Rustam Tulagonov defeated China’s Yu Fengkai. China also qualified a quota in the light welterweight after winning a box-off. The remaining quota places went to Japan in the lightweight, Australia in the heavyweight and Jordan in the super heavyweight.
Including other events both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan will now be able to send a full men’s team to the Olympics. Non-qualified athletes will still have a couple of more chances to qualify to the Olympics with two more Olympic qualification tournaments for men and the World Championship for the women remaining.
Quotas by Nations
- China – 7
- Kazakhstan – 7
- Uzbekistan – 7
- Mongolia – 4
- Australia – 3
- Philippines – 2
- Thailand – 2
- India – 1
- Japan – 1
- Jordan – 1
- Kyrgyzstan – 1
- AIBA. Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament Results. Access on April 2 2016.