Boxing: gold for Tammara Thibeault

Tammara Thibeault won gold at the World Boxing Championship at 75 kg today in Istanbul, Turkey, and the US $ 100,000 purse that came with her title.

Continuing the final of the Pan American championship disputed last month in Ecuador where he won by unanimous decision, Thibeault again won ahead of Panamanian Atheyna Bylon, this time by split decision (4-1 ).

“I’ve dreamed of this moment since I was so young,” Thibeault said after receiving his medal and undergoing doping tests. Rarely can you say you are the best in the world in a field. I’m still on cloud nine. »

“As for the scholarship, it’s a good bonus, added the Saint-Georges de Beauce native. I received nothing when I won bronze in the worlds in 2019. This was the first for scholarships to be distributed. This is the fun for women’s sport and a great motivation. »

If he knew his opponent in dealing with him, Thibeault believes the context would however be completely different.

“The environment is different and the energy is greater,” he explains. I wanted to keep him away and be the fastest. I am entitled to a perfect preparation. I was well surrounded and it was a team success. »

Focused on the task

Despite the storm that led to the resignation of Boxing Canada technical director Daniel Trépanier, Thibeaut worked hard to keep his eyes on the target.

“It is not true that I will risk my dream. I shut down my social media. It was a mess for a few weeks, but I stayed away from it with the team to do a great job. The people who are there for the good of the athletes have given us very good support. There are still good people and changes will come for the better. »

Thibeault is the third Canadian to win world gold after Ariane Fortin (2006 and 2008) and Mary Spencer (2005, 2008 and 2010).

A father in the seventh heaven

His daughter’s first coach when she made her debut at a club in Regina where the family lived at the time and at the club in Shawinigan on her return to Quebec, Patrick Thibeault was overjoyed after watching his firstborn win on the Web.

“I’m on cloud nine,” he said. That’s ridiculous. Tammara is a world champion. With his coach Patrick Mercier at the Shawinigan club, we swayed our solid faces. The Cuban cigar was smoked. »

“I’m a little pinching myself to believe, but her performance at the Tokyo Games doesn’t represent her talent, to sue the former receiver who was selected in the third round in 2002 by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in her daughter’s fifth position. Because of that confinement and absence of partners, he did not fight for a very long time. He was like green in the ring. This time, the preparation was very good and we saw the results. »

The father is convinced that Tammara will continue at the Paris Games in 2024.

“It will definitely continue. He was on a roll. There was little popularity in professional boxing among women and the biggest achievement was winning an Olympic medal. It’s also more motivating and that’s his main goal. »

Tammara confirmed her father’s words.

“It’s just the beginning and not the end,” he said. Just one step and I want to improve even more. »

Thibeault will be home tomorrow and his father has already reserved a nice table in Shawinigan where the family will celebrate Tammara’s victory.

silver medal

Earlier today, Charlie Cavanagh captured Canada’s first medal in the world. The Saint John boxer won silver, losing in the final to Busenaz Sürmeneli. Olympic champion in Tokyo and world gold medalist in 2019, the Turkish completely dominated the fight and the referee stopped the fight with 40 seconds left in the third and final round.

In 2018, Cavanagh became the first Canadian in history to win gold at the World Youth Championship.

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