If rising Australian boxing star Paulo Aokuso needs a spot on the rostrum in Tokyo, he’ll have to do it the arduous method.
The 24-year-old mild heavyweight secured a bye within the first spherical of Thursday evening’s Olympic draw earlier than discovering out he’ll probably face No. 1 seed Bekzad Nurdauletov, who beat him simply final 12 months, within the quarter-finals.
Aokuso put his division on discover when he beat the then second-best mild heavyweight on the earth initially of 2020 in his first worldwide match. It was in the identical competitors that he later fell to Kazakhstan’s Nurdauletov in a choice defeat.
It was higher information for among the other Australians as Skye Nicolson additionally secured a bye within the first spherical of the featherweight bracket, with South Korea’s Im Aeji ready for her after that.
Nicolson gained gold on the 2018 Commonwealth Games and bronze on the 2016 World Championships and is on a collision course with No. 3 seed Brazilian Jucielen Romeu if each safe passage to the quarter-finals.
Alex Winwood (flyweight) and Harry Garside (light-weight) weren’t as fortunate; they’ll each have to win their solution to the final 16 on the Games.
Winwood will face Zambia’s Patrick Chinyemba, while Garside, who gained gold in 2018 on the Commonwealth Games, will stand throughout from John Ume of Papua New Guinea.
Caitlin Parker, a Commonwealth Games silver medallist, was dealt a tricky hand. She’ll face Panama’s Atheyna Bylon for a spot within the quarter-finals (the ladies’s middleweight division beginning with simply 16 rivals) and a possible match-up with the No. 1 seed.
Australia continues to be trying to find its first gold medal in boxing on the Olympics.
Skye Nicolson — BYE, then vs. Im Aeji (KOR) on Monday, July 26
Caitlin Parker — vs. Atheyna Bylon (PAN) on Saturday, July 31
Alex Winwood — vs. Patrick Chinyemba (ZAM) on Monday, July 26
Harry Garside — vs. John Ume (PNG) on Sunday, July 25
Paulo Aokuso — BYE, then Gazi Jalidov (ESP) on Wednesday, July 28