Early yesterday, AIBA released the names of the 3 female boxers that the Tripartite Commission selected to compete in Rio 2016. This now completes the list 36 women that will compete at the 2916 Rio Olympic Games.
We already knew the 75kg boxer since last week, when the Panamanian Olympic Committe anounced that police officer and 2014 World Champion Atheyna Bylon was chosen.
Yesterday no names were revelead by AIBA, but sources confirmed that the 51kg named by the TC is Judith MBougnade, from Central African Republic and the 60kg is Jennifer Chieng, from the Federated States of Micronesia.
There isn’t much information on the 51kg boxer, Judith MBougnade, who is not on the last AIBA ranking. She participated as a new boxer to the international scene an unknown at the 2016 African Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament in Cameroon, March 11 to 19, and was eliminated in her first bout loosing 0-2 against Kketso Dipugiso. She is not listed on the 2016 Aiba Womens World championship in Astana.
Meanwhile, 60kg Jennifer Chieng, from the Federated States of Micronesia isn’t listed either in the last AIBA ranking, but she was the champion at the 2015 Pacific Games, when she participated as unknown boxer and according to a report from AIBA “Chieng’s final opponent was the powerful Raphaela Baki, but Micronesia’s new hero worked hard from the opening seconds where her close range hooks and uppercuts frequently reached the target.”
Chieng is also known for being the 2015 USA Boxing 54 kg Silver medalist losing in the finals with Christina Cruz by TKO.
In the Asian/Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament Chieng participated in 51kg and lost her preliminary bout with Nsthy Perecio (PHI). She isn’t listed as a participant at the 2016 World Championships in Astana.
Knowing the last three boxers, the list for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is as follow:
51kg – Nicola Adams (GBR), Zhaina Shekerbekova (KAZ), Peamwilai Laopeam (THA), Sarah Ourahmoune (FRA), Mandy Bujold (CAN), Ingrid Valencia (COL), Zohra Ez-Zahraoui (MAR), Cancan Ren (CHN), Yodgoroy Mirzaeva (UZB), Tatyana Kob (UKR), and Stanimira Petrov (BUL) & 51kg Judith MBougnade (CAF).
60kg — Estelle Mossely (FRA), Anastasia Beliakova (RUS), Katie Taylor (IRL), Mira Potkonen (FIN), Irma Testa (ITA), Yana Alexeyevna (AZE), Mikaela Mayer (USA), Adriana Dos Santos Araujo (BRA), Hasnaa Lachgar (MAR), Shelley Watts (AUS), and Juneau Yin (CHN) & Jennifer Chieng (FSM).
75kg — Claressa Shields (USA), Nouchka Fontijn (NED), Nine-Chin Chen (TPE), Savannah Marshall (GBR), Iaroslava Iakushina (RUS), Anna Laurell Nash (SWE), Daria Shakimova (KAZ), Qian Li (CHN), Khadija Mardi (MAR), Ariane Fortin (CAN), and Andreia Bandeira (BRA) & Atheyna Bylon (PAN).
For the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, AIBA didn’t select boxers by the Wild Card as done in 2012, but they follow the Tripartite Commission decisions.
To be part of the TC a country needs to be in the NOCs with an average of eight or fewer athletes in individual sports/disciplines at the previous two Olympic Games and are subject to approval from AIBA and the Commission.
Big boxers names like bronze medalist London 2012, Mary Kom from India, and Marlen Esparza from the USA were expecting to be chosen by AIBA and the Wild Card selection process.