India's boxing ace and six-time world champion Mary Kom defeated Irish Magno of Philippines in 5-0 the quarter-finals of the Asian/Ocenia Boxing Olympic Qualifiers on Monday in Jordan. With this win, Mary seals berth to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It will the pugilist's second Olympics after London 2012, since she couldn't take part in 2016 Rio Olympics.
Mary Kom was the only woman boxer to qualify at 2012 London Olympics where she won the bronze medal.
With her win, India in total have won 7 quotas for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
World Championships silver medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) defeated Carlo Paalam of Philippines 4-1 to secure the seventh quota for India at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by entering the semi-finals of the Asian/Oceanian Olympic Qualifiers in Amman, Jordan today.
World Championships bronze medallist Manish Kaushik (63kg), meanwhile, went down 2-3 to third seed and Asian Games silver medallist Chinzorig Baatarsukh of Mongolia in a hard-fought quarter-final. Kaushik can still fulfil his Olympic dream as with 6 boxers qualifying from 63kg, he will get once more chance with a box-off opportunity, where the losing quarterfinalist players will have yet another shot.
In his quest, Manish will face Harrison Garside of Australia in the box-off bout on 11th and a win there will secure his Olympic quota.
It was however, the end of the road in the Asian Qualifiers for former world youth champion Sakshi Chaudhary (57kg) who was blanked 0-5 by Korea's Im Aeji in the quarter-finals.
Panghal, who was the lone bright spot for the Indian contingent in the first session today, had earlier beaten his opponent in the semi-finals of the 2018 Asian Games and the quarter-finals of the 2019 World Championships as well. The familiarity helped him stave off a late resistance from the Southeast Asian Games gold medallist and book his Olympic berth for the very first time.
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“I had played my opponent twice and had beaten him as well. I came with a lot of confidence to get the win this time too. I executed whatever strategy my coaches had chalked out. I am glad that gave me the win as well as the Olympic quota. In the next round, I play a Chinese boxer whom I have beaten before at the Asian Championships. The aim is to repeat it and move into the final,” said the Asian Games champion after his win.
He will next take on China’s Hu Jianguan, a bronze medallist at the Rio Olympics as well as the 2019 Asian Championships.
List of Olympic quotas won in boxing so far:
Vikas Krishan (Men's 69 kg)
Pooja Rani (Women's 75 kg)
Lovlina Borgohain (Women's 69 kg)
Satish Kumar (Men's 91+ kg)
Ashish Kumar (Men's 75 kg)
Amit Panghal (Men's 52 kg)
Mary Kom (51 kg)