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Tokyo 2020: Canada’s Tammara Thibeault edges Kazakhstan’s Nadezhda Ryabets to move on to quarterfinals

Thibeault now joins teammate Caroline Veyre in the quarterfinals

Canada’s Tammara Thibeault secured a spot in the middleweight quarterfinals after defeating Kazakhstan’s Nadezhda Ryabets Tuesday evening.

Thibeault, 24, entered the bout with size and reach advantages, using them to counter the smaller but aggressive Ryabets whenever she tried to close the distance.

The judges scored it 28-29, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, and 30-27 for a 4-1 score and split-decision victory.

Thibeault will now face Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands in the quarterfinals at 12:24 a.m. ET on July 31.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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