Birthday girl Estelle Mossely is France’s first female to win boxing gold

Female Boxer France

Female Boxer France

Estelle Mossely celebrated her birthday in style by punching her way into the history books as she became the first Frenchwoman to win Olympic boxing gold on Friday.

Mossely, who turned 24, also saw her fiance Tony Yoka battle into the men’s super-heavyweight final less than an hour earlier.

She edged a nervy split-points decision 2-1 over China’s Yin Junhua in their lightweight clash, with Mira Potkonen of Finland and the Russian Anastasiia Beliakova taking home a bronze medal each.

Mossely was the deserved winner having been the aggressor in the opening exchanges and to the very end of the bout against Yin, who was in fits of tears later when she collected her silver medal.

Backed by a small but vocal French contingent and with Yoka watching on still in the red vest he had fought in, Mossely rattled Yin at the end of the second with a fierce right that catapulted the Chinese back towards her own corner.

Mossely was again on the attack at the end of the third, one left-right-left combination stunning the Chinese.

And the Frenchwoman came out all guns blazing at the start of the fourth and final round — as Yoka bellowed his support from the crowd, a white towel around his neck.

Mossely had eased into the final without breaking sweat after Beliakova badly injured her left arm in the first round of their semi-final on Wednesday.

The Russian was rushed out of the arena in tears and in a wheelchair, but returned to pick up her bronze on the podium, her arm in a sling.

Women’s boxing — there are three categories — made its debut at the London 2012 Games but the lightweight champion there, Ireland’s Katie Taylor, made an early exit from Rio.