Indian trio books spots in Olympics

Indian trio books spots in Olympics

While Manoj rallied to defeat China’s Qing Hu 17-15, 19-year-old Devendro continued his giant-killing spree by beating seventh seed Carlos Quipo of Ecuador 18-12 in another impressive performance. In the evening session, Jai upstaged seventh seed David Joyce of Ireland 32-30 in a tense battle.

The trio sealed their berths for the Olympic Games, becoming the first lot of Indian boxers to qualify for the mega-event.

Top 10 boxers (from 49kg to 81kg) at this event will make the Olympic cut while boxers in the 91kg and +91kg category will have to finish among the top-six to book their London tickets.

But, there was some disappointment too for India as Asian Games silver medallist and 12th seed Dinesh Kumar bowed out with a 7-16 loss to CWG gold-medallist Damien Hooper of Australia.

Manoj was the first to take the ring for India and the counter-puncher once again impressed with a composed performance. The Haryana-boxer was trailing 3-6 in the opening round but he bounced back brilliantly to level the score 7-7 in the second round and narrow the overall gap to 10-11.

He went on the offensive in the final round, securing seven points against his rival’s two to clinch victory.

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