Benny wins historic boxing bronze
Tasmyn Benny has become the first New Zealand woman to win a boxing medal at the Commonwealth Games.
Benny, who is still just 19, has claimed bronze in the women’s 45-48kg division on the Gold Coast.
A winner by unanimous points in her quarterfinal on Sunday, Benny was on the wrong side of the same result in her quarterfinal against Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara on Wednesday.
There are no bouts to decide third place in boxing at the Games, meaning the athlete from Thames has collected New Zealand’s eighth bronze medal.
Despite her defeat, Benny was pleased to collect a medal for her efforts.
“I am very happy.
“I think I could have started off faster. I’m still working on my speed.
“I’m feeling more comforatable with it and learning from every fight. I took up boxing to keep fit for netball. It helps with footwork, balance and speed. Now I want to do well in boxing.”
A southpaw boxer, who fights leading with her right hand, Benny lost all three rounds on all five judges scorecards to the tenacious and skilfull O’Hara.
The Northern Irish athlete will face India’s Mc Mery Kom for gold.
Meanwhile, Benny’s New Zealand team-mate Troy Garton is guaranteed at least a bronze, having advanced to the semifinals of the women’s 60kg division.