12 Olympic quotas were up for grabs at the 2016 Women’s World Boxing Championship. The four semi-finalists in the three Olympic weight classes qualify to the Olympics. Should the athlete have previously qualified from the continental qualifiers then the quota is reallocated to the next highest ranked athlete from that specific continental qualifier. The Women’s World Boxing Championship was held in Astana, Kazakhstan from May 19th to May 27th 2016.
The women’s flyweight (-51kg) was won by 2012 Olympic gold medalist Nicole Adams of Great Britain whom defeated Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam in the final. Also qualifying to the Olympics are Zhaina Shekerbekova of Kazakhstan and Sarah Ourahmoune of France. Since Adams qualified through the World Championship her European qualifier quota was reallocated to Ukraine’s Tetyana Kob.
The women’s lightweight (-60kg) saw five-time world champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Katie Taylor lose to France’s Estelle Mossely in the semi-final. In the other semi-final Russia’s Anastasiia Beliakova defeated Finland’s Mira Potkonen. Mossely defeated Beliakova in the final.
The women’s middleweight (-75kg) event had 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields win her second world title in a row after defeating Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn in the final. Chinese Taipei’s Chen Nien-Chin and Great Britain’s Savannah Marshall also qualified to the Olympics. Since Shields qualified through the World Championship her Pan American qualifier quota was reallocated to Brazil’s Andreia Bandeira.
This was the final opportunity for women to qualify to the Olympics in boxing. One spot still remains in each weight class to be given out as a wildcard. We expect the wildcards to be announced sometime after the final men’s boxing qualifier.
Net Quotas by Nations
- France – 2
- Brazil – 1
- Chinese Taipei – 1
- Finland – 1
- Great Britain – 1
- Ireland – 1
- Kazakhstan – 1
- Netherlands – 1
- Russia – 1
- Thailand – 1
- Ukraine – 1
- AIBA. AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships Astana 2016. Access on May 27 2016.