Boxing at Tokyo Olympics 2020: Manish Kaushik crashes in the first round out on Olympic debut

Indian pugilist Manish Kaushik

Manish Kaushik
Manish Kaushik

India’s Manish Kaushik bowed out of the Tokyo Olympics in the very first round. Manish was undone by Great Britain’s Luke McCormac in a split decision that went 4 – 1 against the Indian. The young pugilist from India put his best foot forward on his Olympic debut but was overcome by the Brit’s experience.

Manish, the World Championship bronze medalist, looked solid in the first round but was unable to take the momentum forward. McCormac on the other hand led 3-2 from the very first round and collected some very crucial points towards the end of the third round to outdo the debutant.

Manish Kaushik crashes out

Manish Kaushik
Manish Kaushik

Manish was able to impress only a single judge on his Olympic debut. While the Indian looked in good touch but McCormac was too good for the 25-year-old. Third seed Andy Cruz of Cuba awaits the Brit in the Round of 16. It is now time for Kaushik, who was a medal hope for India, to get back to the drawing board and come back stronger.

India’s legendary boxer Mary Kom booked her spot in the Round of 16 at the Tokyo Olympics with an easy win in her opening encounter. Kom toppled Dominican Republic’s Miguelina Hernandez in a split decision. Hernandez was no match to the veteran Indian as she got over the line with a 4-1 decision going in her favor. Kom scored a perfect 10 from all the judges in the third round with some clean blows.

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