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Boxing medals for Cox and Gittens

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Boxing medals for Cox and Gittens

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Local elite boxers Kimberly Gittens and Charles Cox have again done the island proud in the ring, capturing international medals yesterday.

At the 39th Independence Cup (Copa Independencia) in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, Gittens gained silver in the 75 kg women’s competition while Cox finished with bronze in the 81 kg heavyweight contest.

The island’s top female boxer Gittens, who holds bronze medals at 2018 Central American and Caribbean Championships and 2019 CISM Military Games, told NATION SPORT the competition was a good warm-up to next month’s Olympic qualifiers.

‘This competition is definitely a good warm-up international competition. There were about 15 other countries here. To just have two people on a team and both of us medalling is the best feeling ever. Sometimes you don’t need a large compliment of people but just two really hard-working elite athletes,”  said Gittens, speaking from the Dominican Republic.

“This was mostly for assessment purposes because we will meet people here that will be going to the Olympic qualifiers so it’s just for me to gauge where I’m at and try to evaluate where I am in relation to my skills and what I need”. (RG)