Russian wins first women's Olympic boxing match

  • Elena Savelyeva, right, of Russia defends against Hye Song Kim of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea during the women's Flyweight boxing round of 16 of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the ExCel Arena August 5, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / Jack GUEZ

  • Elena Savelyeva arrives for her fight against North Korea's Kim Hye Song during their Women's Fly (51kg) Round of 16 boxing match during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 5, 2012.REUTERS/Murad Sezer

  • Russia's Elena Savelyeva speaks with Korea's Kim Hye Song, right, after Savelyeva won their Women's Fly (51kg) Round of 16 boxing match during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 5, 2012. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

LONDON: Russia's Elena Savelyeva won the first ever women's Olympic boxing bout on Sunday, bringing an end to the last all-male sport at the Summer Games but failing to thrill an intrigued crowd.

World amateur championship bronze medallist Savelyeva and North Korea's Kim Hye-song were enthusiastically clapped into the ring by a near-full house for the first of Sunday's 12 fights.

After throwing the first punch, the most anticipated of the London Games so far, Savelyeva was rarely troubled but failed to land the kind of devastating blow needed to energise a crowd noticeably quieter that they have been for the men all week.

Savelyeva and Kim will be joined by 34 other women, spread across three weight categories.

Women's boxing had previously never been included because of a perceived lack of global interest.





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