Shiva Thapa, supported by OGQ, became the first Indian boxer to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics when he reached the finals of the 56 kgs category at the Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualifiers in China today. Number one seed Shiva dominated his opponent 2013 world championship bronze medalist Kairat Y. of Kazakhstan in the semi-finals and sealed the quota for the Rio Olympics.
Shiva Thapa in action
Shiva, who won the bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships, had a serious scare just two weeks ago at the National trials in Patiala, when he got a huge cut over his eye that required multiple stitches. He was worried that he would not recover in time for the Olympic qualification tournament. He has shown great courage and skill to win this Olympic quota. Olympic Gold Quest has been supporting Shiva Thapa since he was 17 years old. At the age of 18 years, he qualified for the London 2012 Olympics and became the youngest Indian boxer ever to do so.
Devendro Singh lost his semi-final bout to top seed Rogen Ladon of Philippines in the 49 kgs category. He will get another chance at winning the quota in the 3rd – 4th position playoff tomorrow as there are 3 quotas on offer in his category. London 2012 Olympics bronze medallist Mary Kom gave a tough fight to London 2012 Olympic silver medalist Ren Cancan of China but lost in the semi-finals of the 51kg category bout. Sarita Devi had earlier lost in the quarterfinals while Sumit Sangwan lost in the first round of the Olympic qualifiers earlier this week. All 4 boxers Viz. Mary, Sarita, Devendro and Sumit will have one more tournament where they can qualify for the Rio Olympics.
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