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Boxer claims 5th Paris Olympic spot for Vietnam

Boxer claims 5th Paris Olympic spot for Vietnam

Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 12:19 GMT+7
Boxer claims 5th Paris Olympic spot for Vietnam
Vietnamese boxer Vo Thi Kim Anh (C) holds her Paris 2024 Olympic qualification certificate. Photo: Supplied

Boxer Vo Thi Kim Anh has clinched her spot at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, becoming the fifth Vietnamese athlete to qualify for the prestigious event this summer.

Anh earned her ticket to the Paris Olympics by advancing to the semifinals of the 54kg weight class at the first World Qualification Tournament held in Italy from March 3 to 11. 

She beat Islem Ferchichi of Tunisia 5-0 in the eight round bout on Monday.

Previously, she defeated opponents from Dominica and Hungary in her first and second qualifying matches.

Regardless of her eventual ranking in this competition, securing a spot in the semifinals guaranteed her automatic qualification for the 2024 Olympics, scheduled for July 26 to August 11 in Paris.

This marks Vietnam’s fifth qualification for the Summer Olympics, following previous spots earned by shooters Trinh Thu Vinh and Le Thi Mong Tuyen, cyclist Nguyen Thi That, and swimmer Nguyen Huy Hoang.

The Vietnam Boxing Federation awarded Anh VND50 million (US$2,030) for her Olympic qualification.

Born in 1997 in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, Anh is Vietnam’s reigning boxing champion. 

Her most notable career achievement was winning a gold medal at the Thailand Open in 2022.

Vietnamese boxers still have opportunities to secure Olympic berths at the upcoming second World Qualification Tournament, slated to take place in Bangkok from May 23 to June 3.

Between 45 and 51 athletes, including 20-23 women and 25-28 men, will secure spots in the Olympics through this event.

Olympic boxing is set to occur from July 27 to August 10 at the Roland Garros Stadium and the North Paris Arena.

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Bao Anh - Hoang Tung / Tuoi Tre News


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