LAS VEGAS — Featherweight Yarisel Ramirez was added to the Tokyo Olympics boxing match Saturday, changing into the tenth member of the U.S. staff to qualify.
She had already traveled to Japan in anticipation of gaining a late slot, and information of her addition by USA Boxing set off a celebration with her teammates.
Ramirez is the fourth American fighter to be awarded a late place on the video games. After the U.S. initially confronted the prospect of heading to Tokyo with its smallest staff in Olympic historical past, USA Boxing truly may have two extra boxers in Tokyo than it had in Rio 5 years in the past.
“Yarisel has been on this last coaching camp working extraordinarily laborious, ready for this chance if her identify have been to be known as,” mentioned Mike McAtee, USA Boxing’s govt director. “Throughout this complete course of, Yarisel has confirmed nothing however maturity, willpower and the drive to satisfy her Olympic desires.”
Ramirez is getting one of many world qualifier allocation slots declined by Costa Rica’s Julianna Rodriguez and Argentina’s Leonela Sánchez, in line with the web site of the Boxing Process Power working the Tokyo match. Sánchez received the gold medal on the 2019 Pan American Video games whereas Ramirez received bronze.
The 22-year-old Ramirez was born in Cuba, and she or he lives and trains in Las Vegas. Her first struggle shall be July 24, the opening day of competitors in Tokyo and precisely two weeks from her addition to the sector.
“By means of laborious work, perseverance and religion, you’ll be able to dwell your desires,” Ramirez mentioned.
With Ramirez’s addition, USA Boxing is at present the one staff with a consultant in all 5 girls’s divisions in Tokyo. The Olympics added two weight courses — together with the 57-kilogram (125.7 kilos) division, Ramirez’s featherweight, class — and elevated the entire variety of girls from 36 to 100 for the game’s third journey to the Olympics.
The U.S. is essentially the most profitable nation in Olympic boxing historical past, profitable 50 gold medals and 114 complete medals. However primarily because of qualification modifications brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, solely six People — and simply two males — have been within the preliminary model of the Tokyo Olympic area two months in the past.
Three American males have been added to the sector final month after being awarded world qualifier allocation slots: middleweight Troy Isley, featherweight Duke Ragan and light-weight Keyshawn Davis, who is probably going the People’ finest gold medal hope among the many males.