Tamara Thibault won the gold at the World Boxing Championships in 75kg weight today in Istanbul, Turkey and a $100,000 purse with her title.
In the resumption of last month’s disputed Pan American Championship final in Ecuador where she won by unanimous decision, Tybalt once again beat Panamanian Athena Bellon, this time by a split decision (4-1).
“I’ve dreamed of this moment since I was very young,” Tybalt said after receiving her medal and undergoing drug tests. It is rare for you to say that you are the best in the world in a field. I’m still on cloud nine. »
“As for the scholarship, it’s a great reward,” added the Saint-Georges-de-Boss native. I received nothing when I won a bronze in the world in 2019. This is the first time scholarships have been distributed. It is the cheerful For women’s sport a great motivator. »
If she knew her opponent because he had already encountered her, Thibeault believed that the context was completely different.
“The environment was different and the energy was greater,” she explained. I wanted to keep it away and be the fastest. I was entitled to a perfect setup. I was well surrounded and this was a victory for the team. »
Focus on the task
Despite the storm that led to the resignation of Boxing Canada’s technical director, Daniel Tribunier, Thibeaut has gone to great lengths to keep his eyes on the target.
“It’s not true that I was going to jeopardize my dream. I shut down my social media. It was a mess for a few weeks, but I walked away from it with the team who did a great job. The people who are there for the benefit of the athletes have given us very good support. There are still people Good people are in their places, and changes will come for the better.”
Thibault is the third Canadian to win the world gold medal after Ariane Fortin (2006 and 2008) and Mary Spencer (2005, 2008 and 2010).
A father in the seventh heaven
His daughter’s first coach When she debuted at a club in Regina where the family was living at the time and at the club in Shawinigan upon her return to Quebec, Patrick Thibault was thrilled after witnessing his biggest win on the web.
“I’m on cloud nine,” he said. It’s stupid. Tamara is the world champion. With his coach Patrick Mercier at Shawinigan FC, we’re swinging our hardest faces. Cuban cigars are already smoked. »
“I pressure myself a little to believe it, but his performance in the Tokyo Games was not representative of his talent, to sue the former receiver who was picked by the Saskatchewan Rogriders in the third round in 2002 for fifth for his daughter. Due to confinement and absence of partners, she did not fight for very long. She looked green In the ring. This time, the preparation was excellent and we saw the results.”
The father is convinced that Tamara will continue on her way to the Paris Games in 2024.
“He’s guaranteed to keep going. She’s on a roll. There’s little to no fame in professional boxing among women and the biggest achievement is winning an Olympic medal. He’s also more motivating and that’s his biggest goal.”
Tamara confirms her father’s words.
“This is only the beginning, not the end,” she said. It’s just a step and I want to keep getting better. »
Tybalt is coming home tomorrow and his father has already booked a good table in Shawinigan where the family will celebrate Tamara’s victory.
Earlier in the day, Charlie Kavanagh took home Canada’s first world medal. Boxer St. John took the silver, losing in the final to Businaz Sorminilli. The Olympic champion in Tokyo and the 2019 world gold medalist, the Turk completely dominated the fight and the referee stopped the sprinter with 40 seconds to go in the third and final round.
In 2018, Kavanaugh became the first Canadian in history to win gold at the Junior World Championships.