Wichita’s 2016 Olympian, Nico Hernandez, 20, will compete for team USA in the Olympic men’s flyweight boxing semifinals at 10:15 a.m. on Aug.12.
Hernandez opened his Olympic competition in Rio on Aug. 6 with a 3-0 win over Italy’s Manuel Cappai in the first round of 32 competitors. He advanced to the next round, where he challenged Russia’s Vasilii Egorov on Aug. 8. Again, Hernandez left the ring with a 3-0 victory, earning him a spot in the quarterfinals.
Today, Hernandez secured his spot in the Semifinals with yet another 3-0 win, this time over Carlos Quipo Pilataxi of Ecuador.
Other competitors in the semifinals are Joahnys Argilagos of Cuba, Yuberjen Herney Martinez Rivas of Columbia and Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan. Dusmatov also secured his spot in a Wednesday afternoon fight.
The semifinals will begin on Aug. 12 at10 a.m. with a match between Joahnys Argilagos and Yuberjen Herney Martinez Rivas.
Of the four boxers advancing to the quarterfinals, only two will advance to the final, which is scheduled to be held on Sunday, August 14.
Hernandez in a graduate of North High School. The boxer does his training at Wichita’s Northside 316 Boxing Club.
Hernandez was the U.S. Olympic trial Champion, and he’s also America’s Olympic qualifier silver medalist. His career highlights also include a bronze medal at the 2015 Continental Championships, a 2014 Youth Open Championship, and a 2011-2012 Junior Olympic National Championship.