Published August 06, 2012
Brazil's Adriana Araujo on Sunday beat Saida Khassenova of Kazakhstan 16-14, thus becoming the first woman from her country to win a boxing match at the Olympic Games and qualifying for the quarterfinals in the lightweight division.
Araujo left her defenses open early on, enabling Khassenova to move to a 3-2 advantage, but after that the South American buckled down and in the final six minutes of the bout delivered a number of good combinations along with her effective right.
"I've been 12 years in this career and I had been waiting for this moment for a long time. My dream is to win a medal and I will fight to fulfill it," said the boxer who in the quarterfinals will face off against Morocco's Mahjouba Oubtil.
This was the only boxing victory for Brazil's women, with both Erica Matos losing in the flyweight division and Roseli Feitosa losing in the middleweight division on the first day of women's boxing at the London Games.
Matos lost a close 15-14 match to Venezuela's Karlha Magliocco and Feitosa lost a less even match to China's Li Jinzi, who - given the strength and resourcefulness she displayed in the ring - may well win a medal.