Tokyo Olympics 2020: Shiva Thapa, six other Indians enter semi-finals of test event for boxing

Four-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (63kg) secured himself a medal at the Olympic test event for boxing by winning his quarter-final bout on Tuesday while six other Indians made the last-four stage without even stepping inside the ring

Press Trust of India October 29, 2019 11:54:00 IST
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Shiva Thapa, six other Indians enter semi-finals of test event for boxing
  • Four-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (63kg) secured himself a medal at the Olympic test event for boxing by winning his quarter-final bout on Tuesday while six other Indians made the last-four stage without even stepping inside the ring

  • Thapa overpowered local favourite Yuki Hirakawa in a 5-0 verdict to fight his way into the medal rounds

  • Asian silver-medallist Sumit Sangwan (91kg), Ashish (69kg), Vanhlimpuia (75kg), Simranjeet Kaur (60kg), Pooja Rani (75kg) and Nikhat Zareen (51kg) have made the semi-finals

Tokyo: Four-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (63kg) secured himself a medal at the Olympic test event for boxing by winning his quarter-final bout on Tuesday while six other Indians made the last-four stage without even stepping inside the ring.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Shiva Thapa six other Indians enter semifinals of test event for boxing

File image of Shiva Thapa. Getty Images

Thapa overpowered local favourite Yuki Hirakawa in a 5-0 verdict to fight his way into the medal rounds. The seasoned boxer from Assam claimed his third national title earlier this month. He will be up against another Japanese, Daisuke Narimatsu, in the semi-finals on Wednesday. Narimatsu got a bye in the opening round.

However, for his six other compatriots, including former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg), a medal was guaranteed without a fight as they either got byes or were helped by the small size of their respective draws.

Apart from Zareen, Asian silver-medallist Sumit Sangwan (91kg), Ashish (69kg), Vanhlimpuia (75kg), Simranjeet Kaur (60kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) have made the semi-finals.

Sangwan, who was crowned national champion earlier this month, will square off against Kazakhstan's Aibek Oralbay.

Zareen, who hit the headlines recently for a bitter row over selection for next year's Olympic qualifiers where six-time world champion MC Mary Kom has been preferred over her without a trial, will face Japan's Sana Kawano on Wednesday.

Former Asian Games bronze-medallist Rani will be up against Brazil's Beatriz Soares. Rani had won a silver medal at the Asian Championships earlier this year.

Opponents for the other Indian boxers will be known later after the quarter-final bouts conclude on Tuesday evening.

The only disappointment for the country's contingent was the quarter-final exit of Anant Choapde, who went down 2-3 in a hard-fought contest against local hope Tosho Kashiwasaki.

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