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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Irie vs. Petecio Olympic boxing final opens doors for Asian women

Japanese gold medalist expects 'more exposure' for female fighters

Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines, left, and Sena Irie of Japan congratulate each other after their final bout.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- At age 20, Sena Irie has already logged three milestones in Japanese sports history. The first woman to represent the country in Olympic boxing on Tuesday also became its third to win gold in the sport overall, and the second to do it on home soil.

Irie defeated Philippine world champion Nesthy Petecio, 29, by unanimous decision.

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