Six-time world champion, Padma Vibhushan Mary Kom has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by defeating Philippines' Irish Magno.
“@MangteC shows the world how to win a bout as she booked her ticket for the second Olympic Games and stormed into the semis with a classic display of counter boxing against IMagno of. She becomes the to book quota for #Tokyo2020. Congrats Champ”, the Boxing Federation of India announced via Twitter.
CLASS ACT!💪@MangteC shows the world how to win a bout as she booked her ticket for the second Olympic Games and stormed into the semis with a classic display of counter boxing against IMagno of 🇵🇭. She becomes the 7⃣🇮🇳 to book quota for #Tokyo2020. Congrats Champ. 👏#boxing pic.twitter.com/JDIpACihbj— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) March 9, 2020
Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju congratulated Mary Kom on her stunning victory.
Another historic moment for India! Legendary Indian boxer Mary Kom has qualified for #Tokyo2020 #Olympics with a great victory. Now, 7th Indian boxers have qualified for @Tokyo2020 🥊🥊 Hearty congratulations @MangteC ! pic.twitter.com/EN590QSeUe— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) March 9, 2020
In the 2012 London Olympics, when women's boxing was first introduced as a Olympic sport, Mary Kom won a bronze for India.
Punjab’s Simranjit Kaur also joined Mary Kom in the Indian Boxing side by defeating Mongolia’s NMonkhor. This will be Simranjit’s first time representing her country in the prestigious Olympics.
Quota No 8💪@Simranjitboxer pulled off a stunner as she defeated NMonkhor of 🇲🇳to book her first #Olympic Games ticket to #Tokyo2020. Super show by 🇮🇳 as they equalize best ever representation and still 2⃣more quotas to earn from the Asian Qualifiers. Way to go Guys.💪#boxing pic.twitter.com/vW3dDclLgj— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) March 9, 2020
I'm too excited now! @Simranjitboxer becomes the 8th Indian boxer to qualify for #Tokyo2020 #Olympics 🥊🥊 She joins @MangteC and 6 others who will carry Indian flag in the Boxing ring at @Tokyo2020 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/7WzQxrJCvV— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) March 9, 2020
Assam boxer Lovlina Borgohain has also secured a seat to the Tokyo Olympics after advancing to the semi-finals of the Asian qualifiers on Sunday.
In the evening session of the qualifiers, held at Amman in Jordan, two-time world bronze winner and second seed Lovlina beat Uzbekistan’s Maftunakhon Melieva, entering the semi-finals and qualifying for the quadrennial showpiece, which will be underway in July-August this year.
“No 2 seed & reigning world championship bronze medalist, @LovlinaBorgohai will go to Tokyo for her first-ever #Olympic Games, outpunched Uzbek boxer with a unanimous verdict to secure a semi-final spot in the 69kg category,” the Boxing Federation of India announced via Twitter.
Ticket to #Tokyo2020-3⃣— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) March 8, 2020
No 2 seed & reigning world championship bronze medalist, @LovlinaBorgohai will go to Tokyo for her first-ever #Olympic Games, outpunched Uzbek boxer with a unanimous verdict to secure a semi-final spot in the 69kg category.#PunchMeinHaiDum#boxing pic.twitter.com/XZLqFljZF0
Sunday night’s win against Uzbekistan’s Maftunakhon is a critical one for Lovlina as it earns the 22-year-old boxer her maiden Olympics spot, and it was duly celebrated by Minister Kiren Rijiju.
One more thrilling news for India on the #InternationalWomensDay ! Top women boxer @LovlinaBorgohai has qualified for the #Tokyo2020 #Olympics2020 in the 69kg category🥊🥊 Congratulations Lovlina! pic.twitter.com/63cqCFO9IV— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) March 8, 2020
Lovlina, who has won two bronze medals from world championships and one silver medal at the Asian Championship, is excited to represent India at the international games later this year. After entering the semi-finals, the boxer even shared a video message thanking everyone for the support.
Assam's Lovlina Borgohain sealed her maiden Olympic spot and a semi-final berth with a fabulous show of aggression that gave her a flawless 5-0 victory over Uzbek boxer Maftunakhon Melieva. @IndiaSports @Media_SAI @KirenRijiju @sarbanandsonwal @airnewsalerts pic.twitter.com/DsYPRwTdtF— AIR News Guwahati (@airnews_ghy) March 9, 2020
Haryana’s Pooja Rani Bohra also booked a place for herself in the upcoming Olympics.
TICKET TO #Tokyo2020- 1⃣— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) March 8, 2020
A mix of left cross and right jabs and a fearless display of boxing outpunches her opponent from 🇹🇭 and ensures her berth to #Olympics2020. Well done #PoojaRani! Kudos.👏👏👏#PunchMeinHaiDum#boxing#OlympicQualifiers#TickettoTokyo pic.twitter.com/iBSyc0rS9W
Pooja won the bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in the 75 kg category. She also won a gold medal in South Asian Games in 2016 and a Bronze in Asian Championship in 2015. She represented India at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 in the 75 kg category.
Pooja failed to qualify in Rio Olympics in 2016. However, this year, she became first Indian to qualify for the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics.