British boxers Lauren Price, Pat McCormack and Ben Whittaker are just one win away from booking their places at Tokyo 2020 after winning their round of 16 bouts at the European qualifier in Paris.
The trio are top ranked in their respective divisions and continued their Olympic quests at the Le Grand Dôme in Villebon-sur-Yvette in the French capital.
The European qualifier picked up from where it left off after the event was suspended in London in March 2020 following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Price booked her place into the quarter-finals of the women’s middleweight class after beating France’s Davina Michel.
She will next face Ukraine’s Anastasiia Chernokolenko who defeated Lithuania’s Gabrielė Stonkutė.
Ireland’s Aoife O’Rourke, Poland’s Elżbieta Wójcik, Turkey’s Şennur Demir and Sweden’s Love Holgersson also advanced.
McCormack made it through to the last eight of the men’s welterweight division with victory over Monaco’s Hugo Micallef.
Georgia’s Eskerkhan Madiev will face McCormack for a place at the Olympics after he saw off Adem Fetahović of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
3️⃣ out of 3️⃣ = 🔥🔥@LLPrice94, @PatMcCormack14 & @BenGWhittaker all earned victories in today’s opening session in Paris. 🇫🇷— GB Boxing (@gbboxing) June 4, 2021
They are now just one win away from @Tokyo2020. 🇯🇵🔜#BeInTheirCorner pic.twitter.com/6tCOvzDGqo
They will be joined in the quarter-finals by Aiden Walsh of Ireland, Lorenzo Sotomayor of Azerbaijan and Aliaksandr Radzionau of Belarus.
Whittaker beat Paul Arădoaie of Romania via a split decision to move through to the quarter-finals of the light heavyweight class.
Liridon Nuha will be the British boxer’s next opponent with Tokyo 2020 qualification spot on the line after the Swede beat Stiven Aas of Estonia.
Ireland’s Emmett Brennan, Luka Plantić of Croatia, Turkey’s Bayram Malkan and Spain’s Gazimagomed Jalidov also reached the last eight.
In the women’s welterweight category, top seed Busenaz Sürmeneli of Turkey beat Finland’s Elina Gustafsson and will now meet Armenia’s Ani Hovsepyan who overcame Martina Schmoranzová of the Czech Republic.
There were also victories for Ukraine's Anna Lysenko, Russia’s Saadat Dalgatova, Angela Carini of Italy, Émilie Sonvico of France, Nadine Apetz of Germany and Karolina Koszewska of Poland.
Women’s featherweight top seed Liudmila Vorontsova of Russia lost to Italian Irma Testa.
Nikolina Ćaćić will Testa in the quarter-finals which also features Aycan Güldağı of Turkey, Maria Nechita of Romania, Stanimira Petrova of Bulgaria, Karriss Artingstall of Britain, Stephanie Thour of Sweden and Michaela Walsh of Ireland.
Britain’s Caroline Dubois upset Finland’s Mira Potkonen who was top set in the women’s lightweight division.
Dubois now faces Italy’s Rebecca Nicoli , while Nikoleta Pita of Greece, Agnes Alexiusson of Sweden, Esra Yıldız of Turkey, Kata Pribojszki of Hungary, Maïva Hamadouche of France and Kellie Harrington of Ireland also progressed to the last eight.
Gleb Bakshi of Russia, Vitali Bandarenka of Belarus, Lancelot Proton de la Chapelle of Belgium, Andrej Csemez of Slovakia, Arman Darchinyan of Armenia, Giorgi Kharabadze of Georgia, Adam Chartoi of Sweden and Oleksandr
Khyzhniak of Ukraine made it through to the quarter-finals of the men’s middleweight.
Quarter-finalists in the men’s flyweight, featherweight and lightweight divisions will earn an Olympic quota, alongside the best six boxers in the women’s flyweight, women’s featherweight, women’s lightweight, men’s welterweight, men’s middleweight and men’s light heavyweight.
Four qualification slots will be up for grabs in the women’s middleweight, men’s heavyweight and men’s super-heavyweight, while five quota places will be available in the women’s welterweight event.
The event in the French capital is being organised by the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Boxing Task Force (BTF) following the suspension of the International Boxing Association (AIBA).