Tokyo Olympics: Ballet-dancing plumber earns first Aussie boxing medal in 33 years | Tokyo Olympics News

TOKYO: Harry Garside, a certified plumber who has incorporated ballet into his boxing, reached the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, earning Australia’s first medal in the sport in 33 years.
The 24-year-old, who followed his brothers into boxing, defeated Kazakhstani Zakir Safiullin in a split points decision win in their lightweight fight in Tokyo. He is now assured of at least bronze.
Following controversies during the Rio 2016 Olympics, organizers changed the rules so that judges’ scorecards are displayed on large screens after each fight in the Japanese capital.
They showed there was nothing between the two as they entered the third and final round at the Kokugikan Arena, the spiritual home of the Japanese national sport, sumo.
But it was Garside, who has tried several unusual methods to improve his boxing, such as ballet, who made it to the last four.
He will face Andy Cruz from Cuba in the semifinals on Friday.

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