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France’s Mossely wins nation’s first women’s boxing gold medal

Boxing - Olympics: Day 14

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: Estelle Mossely of France fights Junhua Yin of China in the Women’s Light Final Bout on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro arena on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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French boxer Estelle Mossely, a two-time European silver medalist, became her nation’s first Olympic medalist in women’s boxing Friday afternoon.

WATCH: Estelle Mossely vs. Yin Junhua

Mossely took gold, as she defeated China’s Yin Junhua by split decision in a tightly contested lightweight (57-60 kg) gold medal bout. Yin got off to the better start of the two, with Mossely getting stronger as the fight progressed and her final round performance ultimately made the difference.

WATCH: France’s Mossely receives gold medal

Finland’s Mira Potkonen and Russia’s Anastasiia Beliakova took bronze in the division, with Beliakova defeating American Mikaela Mayer in the quarterfinal round.