Boxer Nishant Dev secures place in Paris Olympics

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Nishant, a World Championship bronze medallist who had narrowly missed out on an Olympic berth in the previous qualifiers, defeated Moldova’s Vasil Cebotari 5-0 in the quarter-finals to secure the quota. India thus secured its fourth quota place for the Olympics in boxing.

Bangkok. Nishant Dev (71 kg) became the first Indian male boxer to secure a quota place for the Paris Games by reaching the semi-finals of the boxing Olympic qualifiers here on Friday. World Championship bronze medallist Nishant, who narrowly missed out on an Olympic berth in the previous qualifiers, defeated Moldova’s Vasil Cebotari 5-0 in the quarter-finals to secure the quota. India thus secured its fourth quota place for the Olympics in boxing.

Before Nishant, women boxers Nikhat Zareen (50 kg), Preet Pawar (54 kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (75 kg) have confirmed their tickets for Paris. Five quota places were at stake in the men’s 71 kg weight category and in this way Nishant secured his place in the Paris Olympics by making it to the semi-finals. Nishant, who has dominated the tournament so far, started aggressively again and defeated his opponent by throwing punches from the very beginning. Sebotari tried to dominate in the second round but the Indian boxer continued to throw accurate punches.

In the third and final round, both boxers looked tired but Nishant still maintained his aggression. When Nishant fell down, Sebotari punched him for which he also lost a point. Earlier, with Ankushita Boro’s 2-3 loss to Agnes Alexiusson, India’s hopes of securing an Olympic quota in the women’s 60 kg weight category also ended. The 23-year-old Indian player put up a tough fight against her Swedish opponent but the former European Games medalist showed Boro the way out on the basis of her experience.

Former world youth champion Boro started slowly but found her rhythm by the end of the first round which helped her win over one judge. After trailing 1-4 in the first round, Boro started aggressively in the second round and landed some hard punches. Sweden’s 28-year-old Alexiason had no answer to her. Both players entered the third round with similar results. The Indian player started well but could not sustain it while Alexiason performed well in the end.

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