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Rio Olympics 2016: Devendro Singh falls at the final hurdle

Three boxers have qualified for the Rio Games so far.

 Another story of so near, yet so far.

Manipur’s Devendro Singh failed to book a berth in the Rio Olympics 2016 after falling short in the semi-final of the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) World Qualifying Tournament in Baku.

A win would have ensured his qualification and the 24-year-old pugilist would have been the fourth boxer to qualify for the Summer Games after Shiva Thapa, Manoj Kumar, and Vikas Krishan. But it was not the case as Devendro, who competes in the 81-kg category, went down after putting up a spirited performance against Spain's Samuel Heredia.

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Earlier, Manoj Kumar and Vikas Krishan were through to the Rio Games after getting the better of Tajikistan's Rakhimov Shavkatdzhon and Georgia's Kvachatadze Zaal in their respective bouts.

On the other hand, Sumit Sangwan missed the bus after going down to Russia's Petr Khamukov. He can qualify for the Games if the Russian goes on to win the gold medal.

Neeraj Goyat (69 kg), Gaurav Bhiduri (52 kg) and Dilbag Singh (81 kg) will be competing at the AIBA pro event in Venezuela next month.

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