A strong right hand helped power Serbia’s Nina Radovanovic over Canadian Mandy Bujold Saturday night at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Radovanovic, 33, and a former professional IBO world flyweight champion, earned the unanimous decision victory on a score of 5-0 to advance to the Round of 16.
It was a contest in which Bujold tried to return fire but was simply overpowered and outstruck.
It’s a disappointing result for the 11-time national flyweight champion, who reached the quarterfinals in the 2016 Rio Games and was Canada’s greatest hope to medal in boxing. Bujold thanked her team in an Instagram statement.
Bujold carried a lot on her plate going into the Games, including her successful legal battle, which had to have an effect on her training.
But no one could deny Radovanovic’s impressive performance, who earned some new fans who were expecting Bujold to push through.
I watched the fight rooting for Bujold, but left a fan of
Radovanovic. Nina has got the moves. https://t.co/J8zNCKT2nG
— SilverLocks (@GrG_Organics) July 25, 2021
Bujold, who turns 34 today, competes at the Olympics likely for the last time, but leaves with an enduring legacy for future fighters to benefit with her successful legal battle for the IOC to accommodate pregnant or post-partum boxers.
“My Olympic berth was about more than a medal it was about gender equity in sport,” Bujold said on Instagram.
“Something I can be proud of for years to come.”