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2nd Boxing Olympic Qualifiers 2024: Amit Panghal, Nishant Dev headline 10-member contingent

Published at :May 23, 2024 at 9:54 PM
Modified at :May 23, 2024 at 9:54 PM
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5 Indians get R1bye; Sachin Siwach to kick off India’s campaign in 57kg category.

Reigning National champion and 2024 Strandja Memorial gold medallist Sachin Siwach will kick off India’s quest for maximum Paris Olympic berths when he takes on New Zealand’s Alex Mukuka in the men’s 57kg weight category in the 2nd Boxing Olympic Qualifiers 2024 in Bangkok on Friday.

India have fielded 10 boxers, seven men and three women, featuring among a total of 579 boxers from 133 countries participating in the Qualifying event which will see a total of 51 Olympic quotas up for grabs

In order to clinch the quota in their respective weight categories all the boxers have to atleast reach the semi-finals while Sachin (57kg) and Anushkita Boro (women’s 60kg) will need to finish among the top three competitors in Bangkok.

2019 World Championship silver medallist, Amit Panghal (51kg) has been seeded second in his category and is likely to have a quarter-finals faceoff either with Liu Chuang of China or Anvarzhan Khodzhiev of Kyrgyzstan after receiving a first round bye.

Nishant Dev (71kg), who came within one win to qualify at the first qualifier in Italy, will kick off his campaign against Amando Bighafa Naae of Guinea-Bissau. After clearing the opening round, the world championship bronze medallist could be in for a tricky second round against the young talented Turkmenistan boxer, Bayramdurdy Nurmuhammedov.

India have already secured three quotas for the Paris Games with Nikhat Zareen (women’s 50kg), Preeti (54kg) and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain (75kg) confirming their berths by winning bronze medals at the 2022 Asian Games.

In the women’s category, Ankushita Boro competing in the 60Kg category unlike the 66kg in the 1st qualifier, will face Mongolia’s Namuun Monkhor in the opening bout and will eventually have to face off against Uzbekistan’s Rashida Tagirova, who has also secured a first round bye.

National champion Arundhati Choudhary will face Stephanie Pineiro Aquino of Puerto Rico in the second round and may have to square off against Slovakia’s Jessica Tribelova in the quarters for a qualification spot. Arundhati also has a first round bye.

All eyes will be on Jaismine in the 57kg category as she will take the ring with the responsibility of regaining the quota for India. She will face Mahasati Hamzayeva of Azerbaijan in the second round, having received a bye in the first, and will have to win three rounds to earn a ticket to Paris.

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First round clashes for IndiansMen

  • 51kg: Amit (bye)
  • 57kg: Sachin vs Mukuka Alex (NZL)
  • 63.5 kg: Abhinash Jamwal vs Andriejus Lavrenovas (LTU)
  • 71kg: Nishant Dev vs Amando Bighafa (GBS)
  • 80 kg: Abhimanyu Loura vs Kristiyan Nikolov (BUL)
  • 92 kg: Sanjeet  (bye)
  • +92kg: Narender (bye)

Women

  • 57kg: Jaismine (bye)
  • 60kg: Anushkita Boro vs Namuun Monkhar (Mon)
  • 66kg: Arundhati Choudhary (bye)

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