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 Mary Kom, Amit Panghal to begin quest for Tokyo Olympic berth; Vikas Krishna puts a dominating show

Mary Kom (51kg) and Amit Panghal (52kg) will begin their quest for a Tokyo Olympic berth when they enter the ring as Vikas Krishan (69kg) put up a dominating performance to begin his campaign at the Asian/Oceanian Olympic Qualifiers in Amman, Jordan.

 Mary Kom, Amit Panghal to begin quest for Tokyo Olympic berth; Vikas Krishna puts a dominating show
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Published: 6 March 2020 2:34 PM GMT

London Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom (51kg) and World Championships silver medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) will begin their quest for a Tokyo Olympic berth when they enter the ring at the at the Asian/Oceanian Olympic Qualifiers in Amman, Jordan on 7 March.

Mary’s hunger at the age of 37 has been exemplary as she sets her sights on qualifying for the Olympic for a second time. Riding on a deep desire to bring gold for the country, Mary Kom has been putting in the hard yards at training a few months after earning a bronze at the World Championships, that made her the first boxer – male or female – to win a staggering eight medals from the prestigious world event.

Indian Ambassador Mr Anwar Haleem passing on his best wishes to Indian boxers and Pooja Rani here on Friday in Amman ahead of her bout at the on going Olympic Qualifier Indian Ambassador Mr Anwar Haleem passing on his best wishes to Indian boxers and Pooja Rani here on Friday in Amman ahead of her bout at the on going Olympic Qualifier

The six-time world champion has been seeded second in her category and she will face New Zealand’s Tasmyn Benny in the first round. Two wins will take her to Tokyo in what could realistically be her last appearance at the mega quadrennial Games and Mary will do everything possible to finish her Olympic career with the highly-coveted gold medal.

“Mary knows that this is her last Olympics and wants to do her best to close her dream with a medal. She has worked hard especially the reactivity work on the legs as well and has been working hard to be in good shape,” said Foreign Coach for Indian women's boxing Raffaele Bergamasco.

As for Panghal, he is currently enjoying a purple patch of his career. A gold at the Asian Games was the start of his dominant show and he only soared to even greater heights in his next few elite tournaments. With a gold at the Asian Championships and a historic silver at the World Championships, sky is the limit for the 24-year-old, who give his all to fulfil his Olympic dream.

He starts off his campaign against Mongolia’s Enkhmanadakh Kharkhuu after a first-round bye as the top seed in his category and has a 1-1 record against his opponent. Determined as ever, Panghal is upbeat to avenge his defeat in his last meeting with Kharkuu and get his campaign off to a flying start.

“Amit boxed against him before in Asian Games and beat him one-sided. And in the World Military Games, Amit lost by 5:0 to the same guy. Our plan is to create surprises in every round and am sure Amit would like to even scores as he faces his opponent tomorrow,” said CA Kuttappa, India’s head boxing coach.

On 6 March, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Vikas Krishan (69kg) put up a dominating performance to begin his campaign with a 5-0 victory against Kyrgyzstan’s Nursultan Mamataly.

One more win for Vikas Krishan should help him qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

The former Asian Games gold medallist hardly put a foot wrong in a powerful display to storm into the quarter-finals, where he will meet the third seed Quincy Mensah Sewonrets Okazawa of Japan.

One more win will see Krishan book his trip to Tokyo.

Also read: Boxer Vikas Krishnan wants to set an example for his kids by returning with a medal from Tokyo Olympics

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