After more than a year since the event was suspended the European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament has finally concluded. The event was suspended after Day 3 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The tournament offered, depending on the event 4-8 quotas to the Olympics. While enough of the event was completed to know who qualified in the men’s flyweight and featherweight, the other 11 events still had everything to be decided. The second half of the European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Villebon-sur-Yvette, France from June 4th to June 8th 2021.
As the event had already commenced in 2020 it continued exactly where it left off. This meant the same bracket was held and should bouts have already started nations were unable to substitute athletes. This caused a few athletes to withdraw due to not wanting to attend and nations were unable to replace them.
Overall, France won three gold medals thanks to the performances of 2019 World Championship bronze medalist Billal Bennama (men’s flyweight), 2016 Olympic silver medalist Soufiane Oumiha (men’s lightweight) and Mourad Aliev (men’s super heavyweight).
Two titles were won by Great Britain thanks to the performance of 2019 World Championship silver medalist Pat McCormack (men’s welterweight) and 2019 World Championship gold medalist Lauren Price (women’s middleweight), Russia via Albert Batyrgaziev (men’s featherweight) and 2019 World Championship gold medalist Muslim Gadzhimagomedov (men’s heavyweight) and Turkey who won with 2019 World Championship silver medalist Buse Naz Cakiroglu (women’s flyweight) and 2019 World Championship gold medalist Busenaz Surmeneli (women’s welterweight).
The remaining titles were won by Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak (men’s middleweight), Azerbaijan’s Loren Alfonso (men’s light heavyweight), Italy’s Irma Testa (women’s featherweight) and Ireland’s Kellie Harrington (women’s lightweight).
Overall, 21 nations qualified at least one athlete at the European qualifier. Great Britain led all nations, winning 11/13 quotas (including the men’s flyweight and featherweight won last year). Russia followed closely behind with 10 quotas.