Mary Kom qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

Olympic bronze medallist at the 2012 London Games, Mary Kom has qualified for Tokyo 2020 after entering the semis of the Asian qualifiers on Monday.

Mary Kom is six-time world champion and bronze medallist at the 2012 London Olympics.   -  PTI

Six-time world champion M.C. Mary Kom (51kg) qualified for Tokyo Olympics by advancing to the Asian Qualifiers’ semifinal with a comfortable win over Philippines’ Irish Magno here on Monday.

Second-seeded Mary Kom, who won a bronze in the 2012 London Olympics when women’s boxing was first introduced at the showpiece, won the qualifier bout 5-0 here.

The 37-year-old will square off against China’s Yuan Chang in the semifinals. Chang is a former Youth Olympics champion.

The Tokyo Games will Mary Kom's second Olympic appearance after missing out on qualification berth for 2016 Rio following a second-round loss in the 2016 World Championships.

Pooja Rani (75kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Amit Phangal (52kg), Satish Kumar (+91kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) were the other Indian boxers who booked their Olympic berths at the event.