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India at Tokyo Olympics: Satish Kumar bows out in the Quarter-Finals, suffers defeat to Bakhodir Jalolov

LockerRoom Team
01 August 2021

Indian boxer Satish Kumar went up against Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals of the Super Heavyweight category at the Olympics today.

Jalolov, who was the heavy favorite coming into the fight was having success from the opening bell. He was landing in most exchanges when Kumar was seen chasing. All five judges scored in favor of Jalolov after the round. Kumar was further pushed to the backfoot in the second round as Jalolov was landing some big blows. Despite being dominated, Kumar was pushing and did his best to slow down Jalolov. Satish needed a knockout in the third to win the match but Jalolov successfully fended off the possibility to take home a comfortable win. 

Last day, Pooja Rani bowed out of the tournament after a defeat to Qian Li of China in the Quarter-Finals of the Middleweight category. Li was in total control of the fight and ended up confirming her second straight Olympic medal with the win.

Top seed Amit Panghal crashed out of the Olympics after suffering a split-decision defeat to Yuberjen Martinez of Colombia in the Round of 16. Amit, who had received a bye in the Round of 32, had a strong showing in the first round of the matchup and even won the round on the cards of four judges. Martinez, however, came back strongly in the second and third rounds to take home the victory.

Lovlina Borgohain had confirmed India’s first medal in Boxing at the Tokyo Olympics when she defeated NC Chen of Chinese Taipei in the Quarter-Finals of the Welterweight category. She will now be fighting Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in the Semi-finals on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, for a place in the finals.

Mary Kom had bowed out of the tournament a couple of days back after suffering a split-decision defeat to Ingrit Valencia of Colombia in the Round of 16. She then went on to express her displeasure about the judging and added that she will not be quitting the sport.

The likes of Vikas Krishan, Simranjit Kaur, Ashish Kumar, and Manish Kaushik also suffered defeats in their respective fights which resulted in their exit from the tournament.

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