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Boxer Watts qualifies for Olympics

  • Boxer Watts qualifies for Olympics

    Shelley Watts has become the first Australian boxer to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Shelley Watts has become the first Australian boxer to qualify for the Rio Olympics by winning her semi-final at the Asian and Oceania qualifiers in China.

Watts jumped in the air and then knelt down and kissed the canvas after two out of the three judges awarded her the win in her bout against Thailand's Tassamalee Thongjan.

Earlier fellow Australian, Daniel Lewis, was unlucky to lose a points decision to hometown favourite, Minggang Zhao.

However his Olympic dream is still alive, he will now box off for a bronze medal on Friday, which would also qualify Australia a place in Rio.

A third Australian, Jason Whateley, will contest his semi-final later on Thursday.

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