Female boxer grabs 11th Olympic slot for Vietnam

By Hoang Nguyen   June 12, 2021 | 12:14 am PT
Female boxer grabs 11th Olympic slot for Vietnam
Nguyen Thi Tam lifts the trophy in the VSP Boxing Victory 8 tournament in 2019. Photo courtesy of VSP Boxing.
Nguyen Thi Tam has become the 11th Vietnamese athlete to qualify for Olympics Tokyo after accumulating enough competition points.

Tam amassed 190 points from tournaments organized by World Boxing Federation, enough for her to win a slot at this year’s Olympics. The 27-year-old also benefited from North Korea’s withdrawal from the event, which means the world’s number one female boxer Park Mi Choi won’t be able to compete, thereby leaving a vacant spot.

Tam is Vietnam’s number one female boxer in the 51 kilogram category. She’s both the national and SEA Games defending champion.

Besides Tam, boxer Nguyen Van Duong (57 kilogram category) qualified for the Olympics last year.

The other athletes that have claimed tickets to the Olympics are Nguyen Huy Hoang (swimming), Le Thanh Tung, Dinh Phuong Thanh (gymnastics), Nguyen Tien Minh, Nguyen Thuy Linh (badminton), Do Thi Anh Nguyet, Nguyen Hoang Phi Vu (archery), Luong Thi Thao/ Dinh Thi Hao (rowing) and Truong Thi Kim Tuyen (Taekwondo).

The Olympics will take place from July 23 to Aug. 8 and include 33 sports.

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