By winning on points on Friday afternoon in Saint-Quentin (Aisne) against her compatriot Rima Ayadi, Estelle Mossely, gold medalist in Rio in 2016, won the right to compete in the Olympic qualifications for the boxing tournament. of Paris 2024.
Even if the road is still very long, Estelle Mossely can dream of winning gold in Paris next year. The French boxer crowned Olympic champion at the Rio Games in 2016 during this same Olympiad which had seen her ex-husband Tony Yoka also ring the Marseillaise in the Brazilian sky will indeed participate in the Olympic qualifications of the boxing tournament of the Games of Paris 2024. La Cristolienne, now 30 years old, validated her ticket this Friday afternoon in Saint-Quentin (Aisne). For this, the young mother of two children, had to impose herself on the Saint-Quentin ring against another Frenchwoman Rima Ayadi. Mission accomplished for the Rio gold medalist, who won on points at the city’s Sports Palace for her very first fight in three rounds of three minutes (“In Rio, it was four rounds of two minutes and among the pros, it’s ten two-minute rounds, ”she recalled after her victory).
Mossely: “I was confident”
Experience therefore spoke during this fight which pitted two professional female boxers against each other in the -60 kg category. At stake for the winner is a sesame for the European Games in Krakow this summer (June 21 to July 2). Normally, Mossely should have beaten another opponent in a second fight, still in Saint-Quentin, to qualify. But in this category, only two French women had been selected. This victory is therefore enough for the Francilienne to make an appointment for the first qualifying phase of the 2024 Games, namely these European Games in Poland. In L’Equipe, Mossely admits that she knew very well what plan to put in place to remove the Ayadi obstacle. “I knew Rima was going to go, I didn’t want to take any hits and I didn’t want to take any risks. I was confident and gave clean touches. »