Buse Naz Cakiroglu has taken the lead on the first-ever women's boxing team to represent Turkey in the Olympics.
The number-one seed at flyweight, Cakiroglu picked up her third win of the Tokyo Olympics, this one good enough to secure a medal following a points win over Thailand's Jutamas Jitpong. Scores were 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 in favor of Cakiroglu in their quarterfinal bout Sunday at Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo.
Cakiroglu joins Busenaz Sürmeneli (women's middleweight) in being guaranteed at least a bronze medal. The three-woman team representing Turkey is now 5-0 in competition.
Hsiao-Wen Huang (Chinese Taipei) will meet Cakiroglu in the semifinals after outpointing Nina Radovanovic (Serbia). The 5'9" flyweight is the first boxer ever to medal for Chinese Taipei, doing so in a well-earned unanimous decision victory.
Scores were 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for Huang, who was already the first boxer—male or female—from her nation to advance beyond the Round of 16. She now has the chance to bring home Gold when she faces Cakiroglu in the semifinal round on August 4.
The women's team for hosting nation Japan remains perfect at 7-0, after Tsukimi Namiki (Japan) eliminated number-three seed Ingrid Valencia (Colombia) from the flyweight bracket.
Namiki was quicker to the punch throughout their three-round bout. as reflected on the final scorecards (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28) all in her favor. The outcomes denies Valencia the chance to repeat her Bronze medal run from 2016 Rio.
Next up for Namiki in the semifinal round is Stoyka Krasteva, the two-time Olympian who also advances by eliminating a top seed.
Krasteva proved to be too much for China's Yuan Chang, the number-two seed in the bracket but who couldn't keep pace. Krasteva came through the bracket the hard way, posting three wins including a big win over USA's Ginny Fuchs to reach the quarterfinals to match her run in 2012 London.
It's now onto the medal round for Krasteva, the first ever enjoyed by a female boxer from Bulgaria.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox