There has been little or no change in the updated AIBA World Women’s rankings ahead of next month’s AIBA World World Women’s Elite Championships in Kazakhstan.
The tournament, which is doubling up as the final Olympic qualifier for females, begins in Astana on May 19. The rankings will be used for seeding in Central Asia.
Katie Taylor remains at No. 1 in the lightweight table, a position she has held for ten uninterrupted years. Ceire Smith is No. 24 at flyweight.
The top four (semi-finalists) in the three Olympic weights for women – flyweight, lightweight and middleweight – qualify for Rio in Kazakhstan.
In the event of boxer(s) achieving the qualification standard twice, the World place(s) prevail and the place(s) previously earned through the Continental qualifiers kick back to the winner of the box off for 3rd or 4th place in the Continental qualifiers or both 3rd & 4th place finalists.
Taylor will also be aiming to become the first female boxer in the history of the sport to win six successive World titles in Kazakhstan. The ambition, if realised, will be more than enough to qualify the Bray woman for her second Olympics.
The Irish squad for the 9th edition of the AIBA World Women’s Elite Championships will be confirmed shortly.
Meantime, the recent European Olympic qualifiers in Turkey was not an AIBA ranking tournament.
Please scroll down for list of female boxers qualified for Rio 2016. Thirty six athletes – 12 in each class – compete in each of the three weights for women at the Olympics.
Following Kazakhstan, eleven boxers will have qualified in each weight. The final place in each weight will be distributed through the Tripartite Commission (invation places).
WOMEN QUALIFIED FOR RIO 2016
Mandy Bujold (Canada)
Ingrid Valencia (Colombia)
Zohra Ezzahraoui (Morocco)
Ren Cancan (China)
Yodgor Mirzoyeva (Uzbekistan)
Nicola Adams (Britain)
Stanimira Petrova (Bulgaria)
Mikaela Mayer (USA)
Adriana Araujo (Brazil) (Host place)
Hasna Lachgar (Morocco)
Yin Junhua (China)
Shelley Watts (Australia)
Yana Alekseevna (Azerbaijan)
Irma Testa (Italy)
Claressa Shields (USA)
Ariane Fortin (Canada)
Khadija Mardi (Morocco)
Li Qian (China)
Dariga Shakimova (Kazakhstan)
Anna Laurell (Sweden)
Laroslava Lakushina (Russia)