Kazakhstan dominates Asian Games boxing tournament
Kazakhstan stamped itself as the leading force in Asian boxing, winning six of the 10 men’s golds up for grabs on Friday at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Kazakhstan, which won gold in the flyweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, heavyweight and super heavyweight divisions, also added a silver and a bronze. South Korea, which had come under criticism for receiving disputed decisions in the semifinal rounds, won golds in the junior flyweight and bantamweight divisions and would’ve had a third if not for Wuttichai Masuk of Thailand defeating Lim Hyun-chul in the junior welterweight finale.
The other gold was taken by lightweight Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu of Mongolia, who won a split decision over Filipino Charly Suarez to earn his country their first ever Asian Games boxing gold. The Philippines, which also received three bronzes after sustaining defeats in the semis, will not bring home an Asiad boxing gold for the first time since the 2002 Games.
Kazakhstan’s Ivan Dychko 6-foot-6 super heavyweight who won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, finally broke through to win his first major gold after defeating Iran’s Jasem Delavari.
“I only got the silver four years ago so this is a special moment for me,” said Dychko.
Dychko’s teammate, 2012 Olympic light heavyweight silver medalist Adilbek Niyazymbetov, also improved on his performance from London, winning gold after surviving a close challenge from Korean boxer Kim Hyeong-Kyu by split-decision.
In women’s action, India’s Mary Kom defeated Zhaina Sherkerbekova of Kazakhstan to win the flyweight gold, while Yin Junhua defeated Park Ji-na of South Korea to win lightweight gold and North Korea’s Jang Un-hui defeated Li Qian to win middleweight gold.
The women’s competitions were overshadowed by the protest of India’s Sarita Devia, who lost a controversial decision to Park Ji-na in the semifinals and refused her bronze medal at the awarding ceremony. Devi then put the bronze on Park, who was accepting the silver.
“I said, ‘This is for you and all Korea, because you only deserve a bronze,'” Devi said afterward. In a statement released by world amateur boxing governing board AIBA, Devi is quoted as apologizing for the incident.
South Korea’s Shin Jong-Hun was named the Best Boxer of the Tournament. The tournament was the first Asiad since AIBA altered its rules to remove headgear and instate a “Ten Point Must” scoring system similar to the professional ranks.