Chinese Olympic boxing team eyes gold in Tokyo

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China's Olympic boxing team has arrived in Tokyo with designs on winning an Olympic gold medal.

Before departure, the six-strong contingent took a group photo behind a banner reading, "Decisive battle in Tokyo, vowing to win a gold medal".

The six Chinese boxers at Tokyo 2020 are Hu Jianguan (men's 52kg), Tuohetaerbieke Tanglatihan (men's 75kg), Chen Daxiang (men's 81kg), Chang Yuan (women's 51kg), Gu Hong (women's 69kg) and Li Qian (women's 75kg).

Among the boxers, Hu and Li both won bronze medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. "The bronze medal gave me confidence, and I felt in better shape and more relaxed for Tokyo, and I want a gold this time," said Li.

In the final Olympic qualifier, Hu successfully knocked out Thailand's Thitisan Panmot, who had himself knocked out 2016 Rio Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov in the semifinal.

"We will do our best to win the gold medal with morality, style and cleanliness in Tokyo," Hu said.

The women's 51kg has long been a fruitful category for the Chinese team. Ren Cancan won silver and bronze in London and Rio respectively. At Rio, Chang Yuan was Ren's training partner. "I will try my best for the gold medal. I believe in myself, my coach and my team," Chang said.

The women's 69kg is a newly-added category for Tokyo 2020, with Gu Hong carrying China's medal hopes. Chen Nianqin of Chinese Taipei, Oshae Jones of the United States and Turkey's Busenaz Surmeneli are her main competitors. In the qualification finals, Gu defeated Chen by a narrow margin.

To date, the Chinese boxing team has won three Olympic gold medals in total. The boxing competition of the Tokyo Olympics will run from July 24 to August 8. 

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