Olympic boxing: China, Kazakhstan women take bronze

August 8th, 2012 - 11:10 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Li Jinzi of China and Kazakhstan’s Marina Volnova claimed bronze medals in the women’s Olympic boxing tournament Wednesday after losing their semi-finals in the 75kg category here at the ExCel Arena Wednesday.

Li was defeated in a close contest with Russia’s No.2 seed Nadezhda Torlopova. Li took the first round 4-3 but lost the next two and drew the fourth for a 10-12 loss.

Volnova, meanwhile, was destroyed 15-29 by the tournament’s youngest boxer, America’s 17-year-old Claressa Shields.

Volnova did well to make it that far, upsetting British World Champion Savannah Marshall 16-12 in the early rounds.

Women’s boxing is making its debut in the Olympics this year. Bouts consist of four two-minute rounds, as opposed to the three three-minute rounds for the men.

Both semi-final losers are awarded bronze medals, with the winners battling it out for gold and silver.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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