New Delhi: Teen boxers Shiva Thapa and Sumit Sangwan struck gold to round off a radiant performance by India in the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Astana, Kazakhstan where the country bagged three London tickets to make it an extraordinary seven-strong dependent for the quadrennial performance.
The 18 years old Shiva (56kg), who is the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics, defeated Syria’s Wessam Salamana 18-11 to wrap up his second consecutive senior international gold medal.
The 19 years old Sumit (81kg) beat Tajikistan’s Dzhakon Qurbanov 14-9 to bag his maiden senior international gold in his unveiling event.
Four Indian boxers they are L. Devendro Singh (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Vikas Krishan (69kg) had already booked their Olympic berths in preceding year’s World Championship.
National coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu said that “Shiva put up a fantastic performance. He is a very promising talent.”
“Youngsters winning gold medals in just first and second senior international event is a good sign for Indian boxing. It shows that Indian boxing’s future is in safe hands,” added Sandhu.
Two other Indian boxers they are Manpreet Singh (91kg) and Paramjeet Samota (+91kg) leaves out on a London berth and settled for bronze medals in the event.