Agony for China as Yin Junhua loses out on boxing gold on ‘preferred winner’ ruling

Yin comes agonisingly close to becoming China’s first ever Olympic gold medallist in women’s boxing

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 August, 2016, 7:43am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 August, 2016, 7:34pm

Fierce boxer Yin Junhua came agonisingly close to becoming China’s first ever Olympic gold medallist in women’s boxing, beaten by the narrowest margins in the women’s lightweight boxing finals against French boxer Estelle Mossely.

Two judges gave each of the boxers the decision, while a third judge scored it 38-38 tied over the four rounds. Mossely won on the “preferred winner” rule in which all five judges decide who they thought should win.

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The French fighter made it to the history book by becoming the first Frenchwoman to win an Olympic boxing gold. The gold medal was also the perfect gift for her – the world champion turned 24 on the same day.

Yin, 25, was so disappointed with defeat, she couldn’t raise a smile while receiving the medal. But she has vowed to stage a comeback.

“I dreamed a lot about the gold medal and I’m very disappointed that I didn’t get it at the end. I want to say a big thanks to my coach (Wang Xiaokang). He worked very hard with me and did a lot for me,” the 2014 Asian Games winner said.

“After this bout, I will continue my boxing career. I won’t give up. When I go back to China, I will work even harder so I hope I can succeed in the future.”

Mossely was ecstatic that she has made history.

“I really feel like I had the upper hand on the third and fourth rounds and when they announced, just hoped and prayed,” she said. “It’s a lovely birthday present. It is a beautiful birthday present and it summarises all of these years of training and studying and it’s just a completion.”

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