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India at Tokyo Olympics: Top Seed Amit Panghal bows out in the Round of 16

LockerRoom Team
30 July 2021

Top Seed Amit Panghal bowed out of the Tokyo Olympics today. Amit was in action today at the Tokyo Olympics as he went up against Yuberjen Martinez of Colombia in the Round of 16 at the Flyweight category. Amit had earlier got a bye in the Round of 32 and was stepping into the ring for his Olympic debut today.

Amit had success both going forward and working on the back foot early in the first round. He was giving trouble to Martinez with his speed and movement as well. The Colombian tried chasing Amit with pressure but the Indian had answers to all the challenges that Martinez raised. Four judges scored in favor Amit after the round.

Martinez was chasing Amit with constant pressure in the second round and found some success. He seemed more comfortable in the second when compared to the first round. The Colombian tagged Amit multiple times and ended up getting a comfortable score on the scorecard as four judges gave it to Martinez. 

The constant pressure and work rate of Martinez once again proved to be a problem for Amit in the third round. The Indian was visibly having troubles and it translated into the scorecard as well which gave Martinez a split decision win. 

Last day, Lovlina Borgohain had secured the first medal in boxing for India at the Tokyo Olympics when she entered the Semi-Finals of the Women’s Welterweight category. Lovlina defeated NC Chen of Chinese Taipei for confirming the medal and continuing her journey towards the gold.

The campaign of Simranjit Kaur came to an end after she suffered a unanimous decision loss to Sudaporn Seesondee of Thailand in the Round of 16 of the Lightweight category. Seesondee won with a score of 5-0 after having a clean sweep in all three rounds even with a good showing from Simranjit in the first round. 

Last day, Mary Kom bowed out of the Olympics after a close defeat to Ingrit Valencia of Colombia in the Round of 16. It was a close 3-2 score through which Kom lost the match and she had expressed her displeasure in the judging post the match as well.

Satish Kumar progressed into the quarter-finals of the Super Heavyweight category with a win over Ricardo Brown of Jamaica via a split decision. Lovlina Borgohain and Pooja Rani had also secured their spots in the quarter-finals earlier after securing wins in their respective matches.

Vikas Krishan, Ashish Kumar, and Manish Kaushik, meanwhile, bowed out of the tournament. Vikas, who was in action on Day 1 went down to SQM Okazawa of Japan in the Round of 32 when Manish lost to Luke McCormack of Great Britain.

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