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TOKYO :Albert Batyrgaziev prevailed in a tactical battle to win the first Russian boxing gold of the Tokyo Olympics with victory by split decision over American Duke Ragan in the men's featherweight final on Thursday. Ragan went into the gold medal bout looking for a technical fight and started well, flicking
LinkedIn TOKYO :Albert Batyrgaziev prevailed in a tactical battle to win the first Russian boxing gold of the Tokyo Olympics with victory by split decision over American Duke Ragan in the men's featherweight final on Thursday.Share this content Bookmark IZU, Japan: Filippo Ganna inpired Italy to a long-awaited gold medal in the men's team pursuit as they produced an electrifying finish to stun favourites Denmark in a see-sawing final at the Izu Velodrome on Wednesday.LinkedIn TOKYO : Flyweight Carlo Paalam put himself in contention for the Philippines' first-ever Olympic boxing gold on Thursday, while Irish top seed Kellie Anne Harrington advanced into the lightweight gold medal match with Brazil's Beatriz Ferreira.Share this content Bookmark MOSCOW: Russian karate athlete Anna Chernysheva has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out of the Tokyo Olympics, Russia's Karate Federation said.
Ragan went into the gold medal bout looking for a technical fight and started well, flicking out his jab at his opponent and looking to land big right hands, but he never found the target and Batyrgaziev grew in confidence.The Russian Olympic Committee fighter stalked forward, landing punches in pairs as Ragan failed to keep out of range, came off worst in the clinch and was wrestled to the floor several times.032, with the Danes an agonising 0.Ragan had no choice but to go for broke in the final round but Batyrgaziev stifled him again as he pushed home his advantage to take gold.He refused to be drawn on what a gold medal would mean."Before I came here I told the people in my town that I am going to bring home the gold medal," said Batyrgaziev, who turned professional last year.Advertisement Advertisement Italy's quartet of Ganna, Simone Consonni, Francesco Lamon and Jonathan Milan, who had also set a world record on Tuesday, celebrated wildly, thumping their fists into their chests, after delivering their first gold in team pursuit since 1960."I have kept my word and now I am going to go home and celebrate with them.Russia's RIA news agency reported that other athletes on Chernysheva's flight to Tokyo, which included wrestlers and artistic gymnasts, had tested negative.
" Ragan said he was not in his best physical condition and the better man won.The Danes then turned the screws to open up what looked like a decisive lead, and with less than four laps remaining their foursome of Lasse Norman Hansen, Niklas Larsen, Frederick Madsen and Rasmus Pedersen had a buffer of almost a second.A huge roar erupted from the British team in the spectator-less arena after Yafai's win was announced, a victory he said came down to his preparations."There's no excuses, I feel like I put up a good fight and I'm blessed to be going home with a silver medal," he said.Flyweight Carlo Paalam put himself in contention for the Philippines' first-ever Olympic boxing gold with a win over Japan's Ryomei Tanaka, his speed and agility killing off the hosts' chances of a second Tokyo boxing title.Ganna lit the fuse, and the four began burning down the deficit.ECSTATIC SCREAM When his victory was confirmed, a teary-eyed Paalam fell to his knees on the canvas and let out an ecstatic scream." Ireland's Harrington won a battle of wills with Thai Sudaporn Seesondee to progress to the final after a split decision.Asked about a gold medal, he said:"I won't answer that for now, I still have good work left to do.Advertisement Advertisement "We knew we were fighting against a very good team.
" Global boxing icon Manny Pacquiao Tweeted his support for his countryman."Fight for Gold, Carlo Paalam! We are rooting for you," Pacquiao said."The plan went well and now we have the gold medal around our necks."I wasn't stepping inside to get a bang, because she hits very hard with her back hand.Paalam will on Saturday fight Briton Galal Yafai who beat Saken Bibossinov of Kazakhstan in a thrilling semi-final.A huge roar erupted from the British team in the spectator-less arena after Yafai's win was announced.Team mate Lamon added:"This is a gift for all the group because it's been five years we started working for this."To be in an Olympic final is something I never thought I could do," Yafai said.
"It just goes to show, if you put in hard work, you reap the rewards.Like a family." Ukraine's Oleksandr Khyzhniak will face Brazilian Hebert Sousa in Saturday's middleweight final, after his victory over Filipino Eumir Marcial and Sousa's defeat of Russian Gleb Bakshi.World and Pan-American champion Beatriz Ferreira is looking to win Brazil's second-ever Olympic boxing gold and always looked on top in a scrappy fight with 40-year-old Mira Potkonen of Finland in the women's lightweight contest.Advertisement "We're incredibly disappointed right now.Ferreira will meet Irish top seed Kellie Anne Harrington, who came through with an astute tactical performance against Thai Sudaporn Seesondee, switching stance between rounds to frustrate the tough-punching Thai before moving in quickly on the counter."I fought her back in 2018, it was a chess match then, it was a chess match today," Harrington said."We lost to a team that went a few hundredths faster than us.
(Editing by Shri Navaratnam and Ed Osmond) Source: Reuters.
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