The first Indian to win an Olympic and World Championships medal - bronze in both events - Vijender out-punched Chuluuntumur Tumurkhuyag of Mongolia 27-17 to not just assure himself of an Olympic berth but also a medal at the ongoing tournament.
Was unable to book ticket for London in last year’s World Championship, Vijender is happy for getting the ticket to play at London. For him, now it’s a relief. Before the 2008 Beijing Games, Vijender had won gold at the Asian Qualifiers at that time, which incidentally were also held in Kazakhstan. Vijender had lost in the preliminaries of 2004 Athens Games but went on to clinch a bronze in the Beijing edition.
With his qualification for London, Vijender became the fifth Indian boxer to book a berth for the mega event. India already have four Olympic berths through L Devendro Singh (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Vikas Krishan (69kg) who grabbed their slots after reaching the quarterfinals of the World Championships last year.
You all should bring gold medals of London Olympics as I like London very much. I had a wish to join shooting event only for London Olympics. But I was not able to make my dream come true as I met with an accident.