LONDON, July 29 (PTI): Indian boxer Jai Bhagwan produced a dominating performance to storm into the pre-quarterfinals of the lightweight (60kg) category in the Olympics, here today.
Participating in his maiden Olympics at the age of 26, Bhagwan, was in complete control of the bout from the onset as he thrashed his opponent Andrique Allisop of Seychelles 18-8 in the opening round at the Excel arena. Bhagwan enjoyed a better reach because of his height and technically also the Indian was far superior than his Seychelles opponent.
Bhagwan was equally sound in defense as well as attack today and took control over the proceedings with identical scorelines of 7-3 in the first two rounds. Allisop tried his best to get a hold over the bout but Bhagwan was clever enough to deny his opponent any ground.
Leading 14-6 in the third round, Bhagwan adopted a cautious approach but never let go his grip over the bout pocketing the decider with a 4-2 margin.
Bhagwan will now face Gani Zhailauov of Kazakhstan in the pre-quarterfinals.k for more (places).�
Wu, who has been in his post since 2006, said the omens for a women�s boxing tournament that starts in just over a week�s time were good.