The AIBA have this morning confirmed the full list of qualifiers for the 2012 Olympic Boxing tournaments (male and female) and as forecast by SportsNewsIreland ,the 81kg “tripartite commission place” that most Irish fans hoped would go to Joe Ward has gone to Montenegro’s Bosko Draskovic.
After a year long journey, 250 men and 36 women boxers have now qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
These Olympic Games will be a watershed moment in the history of the sport of boxing, the noblest of disciplines, with the women making their debut in three weight categories (48-51kg, 57-60kg and 69-75kg). There is huge anticipation for the competition to get started with some of the finest talent around ready and primed to set the tournament alight with displays of the highest order.
The men will be competing in ten weight divisions, from Light Fly to Super Heavyweight, with 91 having qualified at the AIBA World Boxing Championships Baku 2011, 146 through the Continental Qualifying Events, five via the inaugural World Series of Boxing season’s Individual Championships and finally eight selected as part of the Tripartite process.
The women had 25 boxers qualifying at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships Qinhuangdao 2012 with one place reserved for an athlete from the Olympic Games’ host nation whilst a further eleven were given quotas after being identified in the Tripartite selection.
The world will come to a standstill when the cream of the crop takes to the ring at the ExCeL London from 28 July to 12 August.
Who will be the ones to claim gold? See below the full list of boxers competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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