Tokyo Olympics – Amit Panghal World No.1: This Olympics will be special for India as few of the Indian athletes will enter the games as World No. 1 ranked in their respective sport. First it was wrestler Vinesh Phogat who will be entering Olympic as top ranked wrestler in 53 kg and now she is joined by boxer Amit Panghal. According to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Boxing Task Force (BTF), Panghal is officially crowned as World No. 1 Men’s Flyweight 52 kg category.
This is first time ever that any boxer from India will enter Olympics as World No. 1 ranked and top seed in their respective category.
Tokyo Olympics: Boxer Amit Panghal crowned World No. 1, will be top ranked at Olympics
Panghal recently lost Asian Championship title to Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov in a controversial manner in UAE. The 25 year old from Rohtak will be the only Indian boxer out of 9 traveling to Tokyo who has been given top billing by the BTF.
52 Kg Seedings for Tokyo Olympics
1) Amit Panghal (India)
2) Billal Bennama (France)
3) Mohammed Flissi (Algeria)
4) Hu Jianguan (China)
5) Shakhobidin Zoirov (Uzbekistan)
It is worth noting that, Panghal has defeated Bennama and Jianguan once each, while he has lost to Zoirov in all his previous three meetings.
Against Flissi, Panghal has never competed before.
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9 Indian boxers will travel to Tokyo Olympics. This is India’s biggest ever boxing squad to Olympics.
– Multiple times world champion M C Mary Kom has been ranked seventh in her 51kg category with her nearest rivals, China’s Chang Yuan (2nd) and Chinese Taipei’s Huang Hsiao-Wen (3rd), placed above her in the BTF rankings.
– Other Indian Women Boxers: Simranjit Kaur (60kg, 4th ranked), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg, 5th ranked) and Pooja Rani (75kg, 8th ranked).
– Men’s Boxing Squad for Tokyo Olympics: In the men’s category, Amit Panghal (52Kg World No.1) Manish Kaushik (63kg, 18th), Vikas Krishan Yadav (69kg, 10th) and Ashish Kumar Chaudhary (75kg, 9th) and Satish Kumar (+91kg, 9th).
Indian boxers fetched their best ever medal haul of 15 at the event in Dubai, two more than their previous best performance. The medals clinched this time included two gold, five silver and eight bronze medals.
The only gold-winner among the Olympic-bound was Pooja Rani (75kg), while M. C. Mary Kom (51kg) and Amit Panghal (52kg) fetched silver medals.