So near yet so far for Sumit Sangwan, misses Rio 2016 berth by a whisker
Sumit Sangwan failed to qualify for the Olympic Games after going down in the quarter-final of the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) World Qualifying Tournament in Baku. The 23-year-old Haryana pugilist competing in the 81-kg category showed his might against Petr Khamukov, but the Russian posted an easy win (3-0) in the contest
At the 2012 London Olympics, he lost his bout to Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino under controversial circumstances.
Earlier, Manoj Kumar was the first to take the ring today and he beat Tajikistan's Rakhimov Shavkatdzhon 3-0 in his quarter-final contest. The pugilist competing in the 64 kg category became only the second Indian to qualified for Rio Olympics after Shiva Thapa.
Vikas Krishan (75 kg) was the second Indian to secure an Olympic berth today after getting the better of Korea's Lee Dongyun in the quarterfinals by a similar margin of 3-0. He dominated the bout against an aggressive rival and went past his opponent comfortably.
Devendro Singh remained on course for securing his berth for the Summer Games after entering the semi-finals of the AIBA World Olympic Qualification tournament. Shiva Thapa qualified in the 56 kg category during the Asian qualifiers.