Amman (Jordan), Mar 4 : Indian boxers Simranjit Kaur (60kg) and Sakshi Chaudhary (57kg) registered thumping victories to enter the quarterfinals of the Asian Olympic Qualifiers for boxing, here on Wednesday. World Championships bronze-medallist Simranjit defeated Kazakhstan's Rimma Volossenko 5- 0, while former junior world champion Sakshi outclassed Asian silver-medallist and fourth seed Nilawan Techasuep of Thailand in a split 4-1 verdict.
Simranjit's will next face second seed Namuun Monkhor of Mongolia, who won a bronze medal in the Asian Championships last year. The 19-year-old Sakshi, a 2017 World Youth Champion will now take on IM Aeji of Korea, yet another youth world champion in 60kg category from the 2017 World Youth Championships in Guwahati. Making the semifinals would assure her of a spot in the Tokyo Olympics scheduled in JulyAugust this year.
On Thursday, Asian silver-medallist Ashish Kumar (75kg) will be up against Kyrgyzstan's Omurbek Bekzhigit Uulu, who has been seeded fourth. Ashish had beaten Uulu in the Asian Championship quarterfinals last year. In the evening session, world bronze-winner Manish Kaushik (63kg) will begin his campaign against Taiwan's Lai Chu-En, while Sachin Kumar (81kg) faces Samoa's Dee Iaopo. Both the Indians and their respective opponents got opening-round byes and will be aiming to make the quarterfinals on Thursday. (UNI)