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Mira Potkonen
Statistics
Rated at 60 kg
Height 1.65 m
Nationality Finnish
Born 17 November 1980 (1980-11-17) (age 40)
Heinävesi, Finland
Boxing record
Total fights 259
Wins 224
Wins by KO 8
Losses 34
Draws 1
No contests 0

Mira Marjut Johanna Potkonen (née Miettinen, born 17 November 1980) is a Finnish lightweight boxer. She won a bronze medal in the 60 kg category at the 2016 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships and the 2016 Summer Olympics, the latter being Finland's only medal at the games.

Career

2016 Summer Olympics

See also: Boxing at the 2016 Summer Olympics

In the second round of competition, the quarterfinals, of lightweight boxing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in August 2016, Potkonen defeated the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the event, Katie Taylor and advanced to the next round of competition, the semifinals. By the end of competition, Potkonen won the bronze medal in the event. It was the only medal for Finland at the 2016 Summer Olympics in any sport, and the first medal in boxing for the country at an Olympic Games since the 1992 Summer Olympics.

2020 Summer Olympics

See also: Boxing at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics, company Gracenote released its medal count predictions for the year's Olympic Games including a prediction that Potkonen would win the silver medal in lightweight boxing. At the 2020 European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament, Potkonen lost to Caroline Dubois in the first round of competition and did not qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games. She qualified to 2020 Olympic Games based on ranking.

Legacy

Potkonen's Olympic bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil made her a flag-bearer symbol for more conventional summer sports in her home country of Finland, where sports such as ice hockey tend to be more popular activities.

In 2020, Potkonen was highlighted by the International Olympic Committee for the impact she has had as an inspiration for young female boxers from nations not as well-known for boxing, including teenager Mariah Bahe looking to fight representing the Navajo Nation at the 2024 Summer Olympics.

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