Almaty. August 6. Information Center - Kazakh boxers Kamshybek Kunkabayev and Saken
Bibossinov lost their semi-finals and won bronze medals at the 2020 Olympic
Games in Tokyo. The Astana Times reports
On Aug. 5,
Bibossinov lost to the UK’s athlete Jalal Yafai in the men’s fly (48-52kg).
Bibossinov got knocked out in the first round leading Yafai to win it with a
score of 5:0.
Bibossinov won the second round with a score of 3:2. The
third round was also clearly won by the Kazakh boxer, but not by the judges who
thought otherwise. As a result, the British fighter won by a split decision –
“In the semifinals, I gave it my all to win. In the first
round I made a mistake, but I fought back hard in the second and third, where I
tried to turn the tide. I dreamed that the anthem of Kazakhstan would be played
in Tokyo, but I did not have enough in me to win,” Bibossinov told Sports.kz
after the match.
Bibossinov is the bronze medalist of the 2019 World
Championship in Yekaterinburg. He also took third place at the Asian
Championship in Dubai in 2021.
The day before, captain of the Kazakhstan boxing team
Kunkabayev, fighting in the over 91 kilograms weight category, clashed with
American Richard Torres Jr. in the semifinals.
The opponent fought a good fight, quickly putting Kunkabayev
on the defensive. In the second round, Kunkabayev was knocked down, causing the
fight to be stopped.
As a result, Kazakhstan’s boxing champ was stopped short at
the third position despite a stellar performance in the quarterfinals where he
defeated the Russian, Ivan Veryasov. In the round before that, the team captain
defeated the Egyptian Esri Mostafa Rezka.
For Kazakhstan, the bronze awards became the fifth win at
the 2020 Olympics. The previous bronze medalists were Eldos Smetov (judo), Igor
Son (weightlifting) and Zulfiya Chinshanlo (weightlifting).
Kazakhstan’s national boxing team for the first time in its
history failed to win gold medals at the Olympics.
Since 1996, Kazakhstan has won at least one gold medal in
boxing. Vasily Zhirov (81 kg) became the champion in 1996, Bekzat Sattarkhanov
(57 kg) and Ermakhan Ibraimov (71 kg) became the winners in 2000, Bakhtiyar
Artayev (69 kg) – in 2004, Bakhyt Sarsekbayev (69 kg) – in 2008, Serik Sapiyev
(69 kg) – in 2012, and Daniyar Yeleussinov (69 kg) – in 2016 .