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Russia's Elena Savelyeva First Woman to Throw Punch at an Olympic Games

6. August 2012 by Dasha 0 Comments

Boxer Elena Savelyeva made history last night by becoming the first woman to throw a punch at an Olympic Games. The 28-year-old Russian defeated North Korea's Kim Hye-song 12-9, ending boxing’s status as the last all-male sport in the Summer Olympics.

"It was pleasure to make history," Savelyeva said. "I tried to show my pride, it was an amazing thing to do."

Elena, a world amateur championship bronze medalist, competed in the Women’s Fly (51kg) event. Unfortunately, the history-making boxer won’t be bringing home the gold for Russia as she lost to China’s Cancan Ren earlier today.

However, Elena isn’t the only Russian woman boxer competing in the Olympics. Sofiya Ochigava has advanced to the semi-finals in the Women’s Light (60kg) event and will fight Brazil’s Adriana Araujo on Wednesday, August 8th. Nadezda Torlopova advanced to the semi-finals in Women’s Middle (75kg), and will face China’s Jinzi Li the same day.


Check out Olympic boxing schedules and results here.