Chinese boxers taking swing at Tokyo golds
China’s Olympic boxing team has arrived in Tokyo with designs on winning gold.
The six Chinese boxers at Tokyo 2020 are Hu Jianguan (men’s 52kg), Tuohetaerbieke Tanglatihan (men’s 75kg), Chen Daxiang (men’s 81kg), Chang Yuan (women’s 51kg), Gu Hong (women’s 69kg) and Li Qian (women’s 75kg).
Hu and Li both won bronze medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. “The bronze medal gave me confidence, and I feel in better shape and more relaxed for Tokyo. I want a gold this time,” said Li.
Hu is also hoping to improve on his Rio result. In his final Olympic qualifier, he knocked out Thailand’s Thitisan Panmot, who himself had knocked out 2016 Rio Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov in the semifinal.
“We will do our best to win the gold medal with morality and style in Tokyo,” Hu said.
China has traditionally enjoyed plenty of success in the women’s 51kg category. Ren Cancan won silver and bronze in London and Rio respectively. Chang Yuan was Ren’s training partner in Rio. “I will try my best for the gold medal. I believe in myself, my coach and my team,” Chang said.
The women’s 69kg is a new category for Tokyo 2020, with Gu Hong carrying China’s medal hopes.
To date, the Chinese boxing team has won three Olympic gold medals in total.