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China and Finland take Gold at 34th Bee Gee International in Helsinki but two women's weights only.
by Michael O'Neill
March 15,  2015
Photos: (c) Gee Bee- Helsinki
     
   
   

(MAR 15)  Only two women's weights at this year's Gee Bee international tournament in Helsinki which ended Sunday, 51kg and 60kg. The outcome was one Gold each for women’s boxing ‘superpower’ China and for host nation Finland.


51kg champion: Piaopiao Liu (China) 60kg medallists: Junhua Yin, (CHN), Mira Potkonen, (FIN),Ida Lundblad(SWE) & Erika Tarvainen(FIN)

In this the 34th edition, some 92 Boxers (81 Men but only 11 Women) took part at the Urheilutalo Sport Hall.

China's Piaopiao Liu took the 51kg title despite a spirited performance by Finland's Lausti Marjut, the end result being a 2:1 decision in favour of the Chinese woman.

The Finn had, perhaps surprisingly, herself gained a 2:1 victory over England's Lisa Whiteside in the semi-final on Saturday. Marjut has been a member of the Finnish national squad since 2009, whilst Piaopiao Liu accounted for Sweden’s Helena Envall on a unanimous 3:0 decision.

The final of the 60kg division saw two of the world's top lightweights in action as a result of semi-final bouts in which Mira Potkonen overcame Sweden's Ida Lundblad 3:0 with a similar scoreline in the other bout between Junhua Yin of China and Finland's Erika Tarvainen. An encouraging performance this from Tarvainen.

In a hard fought battle for supremacy, it was Potkonen who emerged victorious in the final with a narrow, split decision against the Chinese champion. It was her fourth Gee Bee title – a record.

In the latest AIBA Women's World Ranking list at 60kg, Junhua Yin is ranked no.2 behind the Olympic Gold medallist and 5 times World champion Katie Taylor. The Flying Finn, Potkonen is "unranked" but that is due more to the vagaries of the AIBA ranking system than anything else.

The rolling two year system occasionally ends up with some 'unique' rankings and the latest one (December 2014) followed within weeks of the 2014 World Championships in which both boxers fought gallant fights against Taylor. When one sees the names of some of those who are included at 60kg it certainly suggests that the AIBA should be looking at revising their system - and sooner rather than later.

In the men's weights there were two Gold, Two Silver and two bronze for the Irish men- an excellent return from their six man squad though disappointingly once more the Irish ABA failed to send a representative to the women's tournament. One can but surmise how the IABA believes that Irish women (Katie Taylor apart) can prosper on the International scene when even their own National Federation fails to provide them with the opportunity of taking part in regular European tournaments. Baffling to many experts, boxers and coaches included, in the Emerald Isle.

All the results from both Women’s and Men's bouts here - courtesy of our friends at Strefa Poland Boxing, to whom as always - sincere thanks.

http://amateur-boxing.strefa.pl/Tournaments/GeeBee2015.html

 
     
     
   
 
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