Paris, 7 June 2021 - Historical success of Croatian women's boxing! 20-year-old Nikolina Čačić became the first Croatian female boxing Olympian in the history after winning in the category -57kg at the European Boxing Road to Tokyo qualifier held in Paris.

The member of the boxing club BK Omega Zagreb, World and European Champion in younger seniors, grabbed her last chance for the Olympics - in the repechage. After beating Latvia's Amanda Millere in the round of eight in Paris, she lost to the European Champion Irma Testa of Italy in the quarterfinals. In the "corrective exam", the young Zagreb native achieved a big turnaround in the resolute fight in the category -57 kg and won the trip to Tokyo with victory over Turkish champion Aycan Guldagi by re-election (3-2). Nikolina won in the third round, in which she had to reach the point advantage of the Turk from the first two rounds. She endured everything and became an evident Olympic candidate, 47th on the list of our travelers to Tokyo.

As early as on 15 June, Nikolina Čačić will perform at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Italy as the last big test ahead of the Olympics.

A safe traveler to Tokyo, 24-year-old Luka Plantić, was undeservedly stopped in the semi-finals of the Light Heavyweight category (81kg) at the qualifier in Paris. The referees voted 3-2 to give the favored Briton Benjamin Whittaker victory, although our champion was better and deserved to advance to the finals of the tournament. But Plantić achieved his main goal last weekend - a visa for Tokyo Olympics, so this injustice will not hit him significantly...

The Croatian Olympic Committee (NOC of Croatia) congratulates Nikolina Čačić and her coach Franjo Kristić on the historic placement of Croatian women's boxing at the Tokyo Olympics!