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Shiva becomes youngest Indian boxer to qualify for Olympics

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Shiva Thapa. File photo
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Shiva Thapa. File photo

Shiva Thapa (56kg) on Wednesday became the youngest Indian boxer to make the cut for the Olympics by reaching the final, but the already—qualified Vijender Singh (75kg) bowed out after losing in the last—four stage of the Asian Qualifiers’ in Astana, Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

The 18—year—old Shiva defeated Japan’s Satoshi Simizu 31—17 to enter the final and book a London berth.

“It was a superb performance. He was down a point in the first round due to overt aggression, but did not panic and played from medium range in the next two rounds to win and win big,” national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu told PTI from Astana.

“Most of his points came through right straight punches,” he added.

A 19—year—old L Devendro Singh had booked his London berth in the last year’s World Championships, tying with Debendra Singh (1996 Atlanta) as the youngest Indian boxer to make the Olympics. But the 1993—born Shiva has broken this record.

The Assam teenager, playing only his second senior international event (he won a gold in the maiden), was down 6—7 in the opening round.

But he turned the tables in the second round, taking a massive 15—6 lead. The final three minutes followed a similar script as Shiva clinched it with ease.

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Indian boxers did the country proud at the last Beijing Asiad winning 9 medals, including two gold medals in the men's section. In fact in the men's section India's was the best of all teams in the fray. The men boxers accounted for seven medals in all and were on par with the Chines in the final standings. However, barring The Hindu, no other paper reported this achievement of the pugglists. It was the first time in 24 years that India were winning so many medals in boxing at the Asiad. In 1986, we had nine medla,s but no gold. Hopefully some of the seven male boxers qualified for the Olympics would produce good performances and will better the 2008 show of Vijender with more medals. If they get good draws, the chances of M C Mariyom and Sarita Devi winning medals in their presence form cannot be ruled out. Instead of sending big contigents of shooters who may pick up a medal or two, we need to concentrate on those events where chances of winning medals medals is better.

from:  Ramesh Mathew
Posted on: Apr 13, 2012 at 20:57 IST

Good to see the Indian boxers doing well, also the emergence of new talent. Hope they win many medals at London 2012.

from:  Vipul Dave.
Posted on: Apr 12, 2012 at 13:43 IST
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