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TOKYO | In a close fight against silver medalist at the Rio Olympics, Tammara Thibeault fought a good fight but lost by unanimous decision to Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands in the 75kg.

Four of the five judges gave a score of 29-28 in favor of Fontijn and the fifth delivered a card of 30-27. Winner of the first round, Thibeault believed in her chances against an experienced boxer.

“I really thought I could beat her,” said the one who finished the tournament in 5th position. I didn’t have my hands in my pockets and came here to win. I had all the tools to make it through to the end. I was ready, but I was running out of volume. “

Thibeault had a clear game plan. “My plan was to keep her at bay and wait for her to come to me,” said the native boxer of Saint-Georges de Beauce, who finished third at the world championship in 2019.

Thibeault’s coach was also confident his protégé could win. “I thought Tammara had a chance to win,” said Daniel Trépanier. Against a boxer with a more orthodox style unlike her first opponent, Tammara was able to demonstrate her potential. I am satisfied with his performance. ”

Like Thibeault, Trépanier saw a very close fight where experience made the difference. “It’s a fight that could have gone one way or the other,” he said. It was super tight and we expected this kind of fight. Tammara won the first round, the second was close and experience made the difference in the last. Fontijn finished strong and we expected that. She had done the same in her first fight against the Pole. ”

Thibeault will take a break before considering what the future holds between the cables. “I need a little break after a five-year Olympic cycle. It’s been a difficult year for everyone and I’m glad I was able to get this far, even though it wasn’t the end I wanted. ”

A victory for Thibeault who was Canada’s last hope would have secured him a medal. Caroline Veyre also reached the quarterfinal round in the 57 kg category as Myriam Da Silva (69 kg), Mandy Bujold (51 kg) and Wyatt Sanford (69 kg) lost their first bout.

Canada’s last boxing medal at the Olympics dates back to 1996 in Atlanta. David Defiagbon deserved the money. Women’s boxing debuted in 2012 in London. Mandy Bujold in 2016 and Mary Spencer in 2012 also finished in 5th place, which represents the best Canadian result.

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