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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Mandy Bujold and Mikaela Mayer barely missed out on the debut of womens boxing at the London Olympics.The Canadian flyweight and the American lightweight both stuck with their sport after that qualifying disappointment, and they both celebrated victories in their long-awaited Olympic debuts Friday.They both realize theyve accomplished no small feat, given how their sport has grown in the ensuing four years.When you watch the girls fight and you watch the guys fight, theres really no difference, Bujold said. I think the girls actually go for it more, because weve got the two-minute rounds. Its all excitement.Four years after the womens boxing tournament was the best thing in the London ring, the encore has begun in Brazil. With fast-paced bouts and charismatic fighters, Riocentro Pavilion 6 buzzed with excitement when women led off both sessions, starting with a thrilling first bout.After peppering her larger, favored opponent with punches for four furious rounds, Ukraine light flyweight Tetyana Kob celebrated by doing the splits while her hand was raised by the referee in victory.The competition has just shot through the roof, Mayer said moments after dominating Micronesias Jennifer Chieng. You go to a tournament, and if you want to get that gold medal, there arent a lot of pushover fights. These girls are experienced. Theyve got Olympic medals.Just as professional womens MMA rapidly became vital to that sports image and health over the past four years, the smaller world of amateur boxing has realized that its female competition is one of its most important assets.The International Boxing Association (AIBA) aggressively backed the womens sport for years, and President Ching-Kuo Wu is determined to add more fighters and weight classes to the next Olympics. The current field is only 36 boxers in three weight classes, due to IOC restrictions on the total number of Olympic athletes, but Wu wants five womens weight categories at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, calling it vital for equality.All three gold medalists from London are back to defend their titles in Rio fights featuring four two-minute rounds, rather than the three three-minute rounds fought by men. The women are still wearing headgear, while the men fight increasingly bloody bouts without the protection, but AIBA is expected to remove the gear from the women next year as well.AIBA is getting much, much better at showcasing the women and really appreciating the talent we have, Bujold said after beating Uzbekistans Yodgoroy Mirzaeva to reach the quarterfinals. I love seeing it, because Ive grown up in this sport. Seeing it grow, seeing it get into the Olympics, and now seeing the elite women out there (in Rio), its amazing.Olympic committees around the world responded to the success of womens boxing in London by pumping money into their national programs -- and USA Boxing used that to its entire teams advantage. After Claressa Shields gold medal and Marlen Esparzas bronze, the Americans secured funds from the USOC to hire Walsh as womens head coach, but he oversees all eight men and women on the Olympic team.The (womens) sport has grown immensely, said veteran coach Billy Walsh, who helped Irelands Katie Taylor to the first Olympic lightweight gold medal in London. The last world championships in May, the standard was fantastic, and its only getting better each year.The world still hasnt changed completely, however. Cuba, the most successful Olympic boxing nation behind only the U.S., still hasnt sent a female fighter to the Olympics. A competition gap also exists among nations with more established boxing cultures, even at the top level: Shields hasnt lost a fight in four years since London, although her dominance is a reflection of her singular talent as well.But the worldwide growth of womens boxing isnt slowing down. A record 236 boxers from 73 nations fought at the womens world championships in Kazakhstan earlier this year.Its so hard to qualify for the Olympics now, Mayer said. No one is just there, trust me. If youre there, you know how to hold your own. Qualifying is the toughest part. At this level, we are professionals. These are not amateurs. JuJu Smith-Schuster Womens Jersey. The Dutchmans tenure got off to a poor start when referee Guido Winkmann awarded a penalty within two minutes for Niklas Starks clumsy challenge on Alexandru Maxim. Cameron Sutton Jersey. "Theyve both been real good," said Babcock. "Havent changed our minds." A decision has seemingly been made - Sundays Group B-deciding tilt against Finland ahead - but it could not have been an easy one. Price opened the tournament with a sturdy 19-save performance against the Norwegians, yielding just one goal. http://www.steelersauthoritystore.com/Authentic-TJ-Watt-Steelers-Jersey/. -- Patrick Reed got an early start in golf. JuJu Smith-Schuster Youth Jersey. LOUIS -- Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig says hes recovered from a foot injury and ready to be put on St. James Conner Youth Jersey.com) - Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer were easy first-round winners Tuesday at the Australian Open. VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Randy Carlyle didnt know much about Ondrej Kase when the Anaheim Ducks promoted the rookie forward from the minors.He is learning a lot more about him right now.Kase scored his first NHL goal, John Gibson made 27 saves and the Ducks beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Thursday night.The 21-year-old Kase was a seventh-round selection back in 2014, but the Czech forward has found his way to the Ducks roster after starting the season with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL.Its always good to see when you have a young kid that has kind of never been on your radar screen, said Carlyle, who is in his second stint as Anaheims coach. We didnt even have him for training camp because he was injured and then he comes in and hes been an every-game player for us since we got him.Jakob Silfverberg and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim (12-8-4), which has won three in a row.Were getting better at playing as a group night in and night out, captain Ryan Getzlaf said. Our guys are doing a great job surrounding our net and not giving a whole lot up.Henrik Sedin had Vancouvers only goal, and Ryan Miller stopped 21 shots. The Canucks (10-12-2) had won two in a row.After dominating a scoreless first period, the Ducks took the lead 3:19 into the second when Cam Fowler weaved into the offensive zone before dishing off to Silfverberg, who converted a one-timer for his eighth of the season.Vancouver then had a great opportunity with 58 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play, but Gibson, who was coming of a 39-save performance in Tuesdays 2-1 victory over Montreal, stopped Daniel Sedin on two point-blank chances before Brandon Sutterr fanned on a loose puck in the slot.ddddddddddddometimes you work your butt off and you lose, but when you lose knowing you could have given a bit more its very disappointing, Vancouver defenseman Luca Sbisa said. I dont know why it happened. We had a lot of momentum going into this game, putting two wins together. I think its something with our heads mentally.Obviously we didnt go into this game giving 100 percent.Anaheim opened a 2-0 lead with 5:25 left in the period when Kase caught Miller out of position before throwing a puck in front that caromed off Vancouver defenseman Nikita Tryamkin, the post and finally Erik Gudbranson before crossing the line for his first goal in his eighth NHL game.Its unbelievable, Kase said. It was a little bit lucky.Ryan Kesler, the former Canucks forward who gets booed every time he touches the puck at Rogers Arena, then ripped a shot off the post behind Miller that stayed out in the final seconds of the second.Vancouver got one back with seven minutes left in regulation when Henrik Sedin finished off a pass from Loui Eriksson at the side of the net after Fowlers clearing attempt took a bad bounce off the glass.The Canucks continued to press in the final moments, but Cogliano beat Miller for his sixth with 2:35 left as Anaheim closed out a successful opener to its three-game road trip through western Canada.Game notes Kase was the 205th pick in the draft.UP NEXTDucks: Visit Edmonton on Saturday night.Canucks: Conclude a three-game homestand Saturday against Toronto. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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