Shiva Thapa Bags Silver at Olympic Boxing Qualifiers

Updated: 01 April 2016 23:58 IST

Shiva Thapa went down 0-3 to Thailand's Chatchai Butdee in the summit clash of the Asian/Oceania Qualifying Tournament.

Shiva Thapa Bags Silver at Olympic Boxing Qualifiers
Shiva Thapa of India (left) qualified for Rio Olympics after beating Kazakhstan's Kairat Yeraliyev. © AFP

Qian'an:

An Olympic quota place pocketed, Indian boxer Shiva Thapa (56kg) ended his campaign with a silver medal after losing in the final of the Asian/Oceania Qualifying Tournament. (Read More in Boxing)

The 22-year-old Assamese, who is a World Championship bronze-medallist, went down 0-3 to Thailand's Chatchai Butdee in the summit clash. Butdee is the reigning Asian champion.

Shiva had booked his ticket to Rio de Janeiro by making the finals after beating Kazakhstan's Kairat Yeraliyev.

Meanwhile, it was a heartbreak once again for L Devendro Singh (49kg), who missed a second opportunity to qualify for the Olympics.

The Commonwealth silver-medallist, who lost in the semifinals,  went down in the box-off for the Olympic slot.

Devendro fought his heart out in a keenly-contested bout against Mongolia's Gan-Erdene Gankhuyag but lost 2-1. The Indian lost the opening round unanimously and the second round on a split decision before winning the final in three minutes.

However, that was not enough to make up for the deficit he conceded earlier in the bout.

On Saturday, star woman boxer M C Mary Kom (51kg) will take on Chinese Taipei's Yu-Ting Lin in the box-off to decide the new rankings and seedings for next month's World Championships in Kazakhstan.

Mary Kom had missed out on an Olympic quota place after losing the semifinals of the ongoing event. In the women's draw, this tournament offered Olympic berths for only the gold and silver-medallists.

Mary Kom will have her next and final shot at Olympic qualification during the World Championships, a tournament she has dominated by winning five gold medals in the past. In fact, such has been her stature that she was dubbed 'Magnificent Mary' by the International Boxing Association for her unprecedented feats.

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Topics : Boxing
Highlights
  • Shiva Thapa lost to Thailand's Chatchai Butdee.
  • L Devendro Singh missed a second opportunity to qualify for Olympics.
  • Mary Kom will take on Yu-Ting Lin in the box-off.
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