U.S. Woman Qualifies for OlympicsSunday, May 20, 2012 By Emilea Allen
With the Olympics quickly approaching, athletes around the world are competing for the opportunity to represent their country and bring home the gold. In recent news, Marlen Esparza has become the first American female boxer to qualify for the Olympics in London. Female boxing has its first appearance to the Games this year. Unlike men’s boxing, women are competing in 3 weight classes rather than ten. Esparza qualified in the featherweight category after beating Luu Thi Duyen of Vietnam 28-13. Esparza is not a new player in the boxing world. Esparza is a member of the U.S. Boxing National Team, has the longest winning record in the U.S., and has been ranked #1 in the U.S. for five consecutive years. Her achievements consist of receiving the National Golden Gloves “Outstanding fighter in the Tournament” in 2006, 2008, and 2009, and being the U.S. National Champion in 2010. After defeating two very talented boxers earlier in the month, Esparza has a strong momentum for the upcoming games. Tune in and see Marlen Esparza’s talent on exhibit for the entire world August 5, at 12:30.