Natasha Jonas qualifies for 2012 Olympic Games!
Natasha Jonas has cemented her place at the London 2012 Olympic Games by reaching the semi finals of the World Championships in China.
Needing to finish as one of the top three Europeans in the lightweight division to confirm a place, Tasha bested the Norweigan entrant in their quarter final fight on Wednesday morning. As the Tajik entrant beat the French fighter, the result ensures that she qualifies for the Olympic Games.
Can Tasha go on to reach the final?
60kg: Natasha Jonas v Rebecca Price (Wales) - last 64
Natasha Jonas wins 18-8.
Jonas eased into a 4-1 lead at the end of the first round against the Welsh boxer. The Rotunda boxer scored with shots to both body and head to extend the lead to 8-3 going into the third. Price upped her work rate in the third, but with Jonas adding an extra point, there was no way back in with the Liverpudlian running out a comfortable 18-8 winner.
First hurdle overcome for Jonas, who goes into the last 32. And a mention for Rebecca Price who gave Jonas a strong test in her first bout of the tournament.
60kg: Natasha Jonas v Sandra Brugger (Switzerland)
Natasha wins 23-11
Natasha moved into an early 6-2 lead scoring with a couple of straights, with her opponent nicking a point at the end of the round. The second saw the Rotunda southpaw extend the lead further with a series of clean hits and a couple of heavy blows in the third left her Swiss opponent lagging behind going into the last and Jonas ran out a comfortable winner with a place in the last 16.
60kg: Natasha Jonas v Laishram Devi (India)
Natasha wins 25-22
In a thrilling encounter in which Natasha was never ahead until the final bell, the Rotunda boxer eliminated the Indian by a margin of 25-22. The opening round was edged 3-2 by the Indian, and then the scores poised at 10-9, Tash still behind by a point, despite inflicting the first of two standing counts on her opponent. Natasha grew stronger as the bout wore on as the Indian tired, and a fine array of shots from the Liverpudlian southpaw in a fantastic final round saw her through to an impressive win against a difficult opponent.