Tokyo Olympics (boxing): Defeated from the start, Samuel Kistohurry attacks the judges’ decision

Samuel Kistohurry was eliminated as soon as he entered the round of 16 of the boxing tournament in the -57 kg category. The French lost in points against the American Duke Ragan, and said he was “disgusted” by the decision of the judges and the attitude of his opponent.

The French Samuel Kistohurry (-57 kg) was eliminated from the start on Saturday in the round of 16 of the boxing tournament at the Tokyo Olympic Games, being beaten on points by the American Duke Ragan. Too messy and victim of the precision of the American, vice-world champion in 2017, the French was dominated from the first round and never really managed to find the fault.

The fight was rebalanced then, but not enough in the eyes of the judges. Not far from flawless in recent months, Kistohurry arrived pumped up, eager to take revenge after missing the Rio Olympics. His dream was shattered after what some are already calling “theft” or “heist of the century” on social networks. A feeling that the Frenchman was not far from sharing when leaving the ring. The disappointment is immense.

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Kistohurry: “A decision that hurts my heart”

“I started very badly but I think I had a good fight, reacted Kistohurry (26). I put speed and I think I have largely won the second and third rounds. I am disgusted to be eliminated. , I do not understand. The American refused the fight, he was not at the level, he is not a class boxer. It is a decision that pains my heart. Now we have to get over it. question and move on. “

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The three other French competitors in the men’s race (Billal Bennama, Sofiane Oumiha, Mourad Aliev) are seeded and were exempted from the first round. Among the ladies, the only French representative, Maïva Hamadouche (-60 kg), holder of an IBF world belt in super-feathers, will start her competition on Tuesday against the Finnish Mira Potkonen.

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