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India achieve record high quota of 9 Spots in Boxing for Tokyo Olympics

LockerRoom Team
12 March 2020

The Indian Boxers made history in Amman, Jordan last day after confirming a record-high 9 Spots in Boxing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The record came thanks to Manish Kaushik, who managed to defeat Commonwealth Games champion and second seed Harrison Garside of Australia 4-1 in the box offs at the Asia-Oceania Qualifiers and became the ninth Indian boxer to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Earlier, the likes of Mary Kom (51kg), Amit Panghal (52kg), Pooja Rani (75kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Satish Kumar (+91kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) had secured Olympic spots for India as well with Simranjit Kaur and Vikas Krishan securing silver medals at the event by entering the finals of their respective weight categories.

While Simranjit suffered a defeat in the finals, Vikas Krishan had to pull out from the final bout due to the cut that he suffered above his eye during his Semi-Final bout.

“It is a moment of pride for Indian Boxing. For the first time ever, 9 Indian pugilists have qualified for the Olympics and that too at the first qualifying event. We still have the World Qualifiers in May and I am confident that India will qualify in all 13 categories,” said Boxing Federation of India (BFI) president Ajay Singh.

With the performance, India also managed to be one of the best participating countries in the qualifiers just alongside Kazakhstan as the team secured 6 bronze medals and 2 silver medals.

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