Thursday, April 18

Nishant Dev: Olympic Dream Put on Hold After Quarterfinal Loss

Nishant Dev: Olympic Dream Put on Hold After Quarterfinal Loss

Indian boxer Nishant Dev’s quest for a Paris Olympics quota has suffered a setback. Nishant Dev fell short in his quarterfinal bout at the first World Olympic Boxing Qualifiers in Busto Arsizio, Italy, losing a close 1-4 split decision to American Omari Jones in the men’s 71kg weight class.

Missed Opportunity

The 23-year-old Dev, a World Championships bronze medalist in the featherweight category, needed a win to secure his spot at the upcoming Summer Games. With only four quota places available in the 71kg weight class, Dev’s loss extinguishes his chance to clinch a quota at this qualifier.

A Close Fight for Nishant Dev

Despite starting slow, Dev displayed commendable fighting spirit. He dropped the opening round with all five judges awarding Jones perfect 10s. However, Dev bounced back in the second round, securing the favor of four judges. The final round was a nail-biter, but ultimately Jones received the nod from three judges, handing Dev a heartbreaking defeat.

India’s Boxing Representation

Dev was the lone Indian boxer remaining in contention at the qualifiers in Italy. Four Indian women – Nikhat Zareen (50kg), Preeti Pawar (54kg), Parveen Hooda (57kg), and Lovlina Borgohain (75kg) – had already secured their Olympic quotas at the Asian Games last year.

One More Chance for India?

There’s still hope for other Indian boxers. The second World Olympic Boxing Qualifier is scheduled for May 23rd to June 3rd in Bangkok, offering another opportunity for them to qualify for the Paris Olympics.

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