The 24-year-old Chinese girl Ren Cancan set a milestone for Chinesefemale boxing with a London Olympic passport after beating U.S.Marlen Esparza 16-8 at the Qinhuangdao World Boxing Championshipson Wednesday. Ren became the first Chinese female boxer ever to get qualified forthe Olympics. "The biggest mission finished, and I feel relaxed about the semifinal in Friday," said the world number one fighter on 51kg class. As best female athlete at 51kg class at the current world rankings,Ren was expected to win something more than a world championshipstitle in London. "I have been trying hard for that, and I am going to scout on myLondon opponents in the coming days." There were three Asian fighters appearing in the last eight draw atthe 51kg category, while there were only two quotas offered forAsia. |
As a result, Ren had to wait for the result of other fightersto make sure of her qualification. In the other ring, DPR Korea's Kim Hye Song lost to Elena Savelyevafrom Russia, and Ren was sure that she could go to London. Ren finished the match at ease. She overwhelmed her opponent 3-0 inthe first round, and outscored again in the second round. Esparza didn't drop the match after two rounds.
She sped up herpace to finish the third round 3-3, refusing to give up before thefinal round. However, Ren let go no chance in the fourth round,ending the match with an 8-point margin. Ren's coach Chen Tao began to think about the title after thehistorical moment. "If Ren win the tournament, she will get her third straight worldchampionship title, and no Chinese female fighters have everachieved that," said Chen. "It would be fantastic if Ren perfect her glory collection with agold in London." Qinhuangdao worlds was the only London Olympic qualifyingtournament for the three women's boxing events, 51kg, 60kg and75kg.
There would be 24 Olympic quotas on offer out of the36-fighter fixture in London. Other 12 quotas would be distributedby the continental federations as wild cards. The three categories attracted more than 150 female fighters fromall over the world. Each category was to produce eight quotas.
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