World bronze-medallist Manish Kaushik (63kg) on Wednesday became the ninth Indian boxer to qualify for Tokyo Olympics after beating Australia’s Harrison Garside.
Kaushik defeated Commonwealth Games champion and second seed Harrison Garside 4-1 to make the cut for Tokyo 2020 after a draining showdown which left the Australian with a bloodied face and the Indian exhausted by painful hits to his ribs.
It was a repeat of the 2018 CWG final, only this time, Kaushik ended up on the winning side. The top six in the 63kg category were entitled to Olympic berths in the ongoing event. Both Kaushik and Garside had lost in the quarterfinals.
“It was my dream to play at the Olympics and today it has finally come true for me and my family. My coaches have made a huge contribution in this,” Kaushik, an Armyman, said after the win.
The other Indians to have qualified for Tokyo Olympics are M C Mary Kom (51kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Pooja Rani (75kg), Amit Panghal (52kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg). Before this, India’s best qualifying number for an Olympic Games was eight for the 2012 edition in London.
That too was achieved over more than one qualifying tournament. However, in a disappointing result, first-timer Sachin Kumar (81kg) was pummelled by Shabbos Negmatulloev of Tajikistan in his box-off final to bow out of contention for an Olympic place at this event.
There is one more Qualifications event left for Boxing that is world Qualifications tournament where two 3 to 6 quota will be offered across various catageory. 4-5 quota will be given in Featherweight (57 kg) in same catageory Gaurav Solanki lost to top seeded Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov in opening round here at Asia & Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament.
4-5 will be depend on Japan if they enter boxer in this catageory as host county then 4 places will be available m, if they can won any quota at world Qualifier so 5 quota will be available.
Indian men won 5 quota where as women end with 4 quota in this tournament. Women left with only one catageory where India don’t have any quota that is Featherweight (57 kg) in which 4 quota places will be available at world Qualifier.
While there is three catageory in men in which India don’t have quota that is 57kg, 81kg( world Qualifier quota – 3 or 4) and 91kg ( World Qualifications quota – 3) India quota telly raise to 42 with Manish Kaushik quota. It will be interesting to see how many more quota can India grab at boxing at world Qualifier as India has already achieve highest ever quota places.
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