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Irie becomes Japan’s first woman champion in Olympic boxing
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Irie becomes Japan’s first woman champion in Olympic boxing

Sena Irie became the first Japanese woman to win Olympic boxing gold on Tuesday, defeating Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines Sena Irie became the first Japanese woman to win Olympic boxing gold on Tuesday, defeating Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines on unanimous points to take the featherweight title in Tokyo. It was disappointment for Petecio, who had been looking to earn the Philippines' first Olympic gold in the country's proud boxing history. Judges' scorecards -- which are now displayed after each round to make Olympic boxing more transparent -- unanimously had the 20-year-old Irie ahead after round one. Both boxers were letting their fists go in a lively and open contest at Kokugikan Arena, which is usually used for Japan's national sport, sumo. The 29-year-old Petecio...