On 25 August, the evening’s bill at Nanjing’s Expo Centre saw further six bronze medals decided in the men’s boxing tournament.
Japan’s Subaru Murata won light flyweight bronze by beating Shalkar Aikhynbay of Kazakhstan 2-1, before declaring his aim to compete on home soil six years down the line. “My heart is strong, that is the key to my medal,” said Murata. “Little by little, my heart gets stronger with training. My next aim is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”
The night’s other bronze medals were won by Turkey’s Adem Furkan Avci (light welterweight), Croatia’s Luka Plantic (middleweight), Ireland’s Michael Gallagher (heavyweight) and Russia’s Marat Kerimkhanov (super heavyweight).
Boxers at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games are competing under the new International Boxing Association (AIBA) scoring system. Under the new scoring system the winner of each round is awarded 10 points, as is the case in professional boxing. Five ringside judges score the fight, but the scorecards of only three of them are totalled to form the final score.
The former computerised punch-count system has been discarded and now only the time is displayed on screens during the bouts, not a running score.
And the consensus from the coaches is that the changes are a big success. “We think it is a better system, fairer, where they pick the three judges from the five,” said British coach Gary Hale, after his boxer Peter McGrail defeated Salem Tamma (ALG) three rounds to nil to win the bantamweight bronze.
It is also hoped that the new scoring system will improve fighter safety by shifting the focus to technical skills and ring dominance rather than punch volume. “It means the boxers have to engage and work more to get the points,” said Australia coach Marcus Wilson, whose fighter Satali Tevi-Fuimaono finished fifth in the middleweight category.