Six nations secure gold on final day of action at European Games 2023 as France finishes top of the boxing medal table with three gold and seven Olympic qualifiers
The last six gold medals of the European Games were shared by men and women from Turkey, France, Ireland, Bulgaria, Denmark and Great Britain on the final day of boxing in Poland.
Turkey’s, Busenaz Cakiroglu, Amina Zidani from France and Ireland’s Aoife O’Rourke secured gold in the women’s weights. Bulgaria’s Javier Ibanez, Nikolai Terteryan of Denmark and Great Briain’s Delicious Orie finished top of the podium in the men’s competition.
Zidani’s gold ensured that France finished top of the boxing medal table. Next year’s host nation also secured the most Olympic qualification places from the event with seven.
The first contest of the day saw Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey become a two-time European Games champion as she unanimously defeated Wassila Lkhadiri of France in the light-flyweight (50kg) category to win her country’s second gold medal of the finals weekend.
At featherweight (57kg) Bulgaria’s Svetlana Kamenova Staneva had looked like the favourite having eliminated Italy’s Irma Testa in her the semi-final, however France’s Amina Zidani showed the form which earnt her a bronze medal at the 2023 world championships to secure a split decision 4-1 victory.
The final bout of the women’s competition saw Ireland’s two-time European champion Aoife O’Rourke secure a unanimous points win over France’s Davina Michel at middleweight (75kg). O’Rourke’s victory followed the win by her teammate Kellie Harrington in yesterday’s lightweight (60kg) final and confirmed Ireland’s status as one of Europe’s powerhouse nations in women’s boxing.
The closing stages of the men’s competition began with a closely fought featherweight (57kg) contest where Bulgaria’s Javier Ibanez get the better of Spain’s Jose Quiles to win his country’s second gold medal of the Games.
At light-middleweight Denmark’s European U22 Champion Nikolai Terteryan served notice of his talent to secure a split decision victory over Serbia’s Vakhid Abbasov and win his country’s only medal of the Games.
The final contest of the boxing competition pitched Great Britain’s Delicious Orie against Mahammad Abdullayev of Azerbaijan in the super-heavyweight final. After a close opening round the man from Great Britain took control of the contest to secure a unanimous 5-0 victory and maintain his country’s status as one of the world’s leading nations in the super-heavyweight division.
All results at the European Games 2023 can be viewed at – https://results.european-games.org/EG2023/ENG/schedule/BOX/2023-06-24/all-event
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