London: Vijender Singh became India's first boxer at the London Olympics 2012 to qualify for the quarter-final on Friday. Vijender beat his American opponent in an extremely tight battle by 16-15.
It was never going to be easy for the Indian, who was fighting in blue jersey, against Terrell Gausha who won the Gold Medal in the Americas Olympic Qualification Tournament. Vijender was lucky to edge out his opponent in the first round by a solitary point. The first round was not at all convincing for him but he led 4-3.
In the second round, Gausha again looked bright but Vijender managed to keep pace and hit a few blows of his own to finish the round level at 5-5. That meant Vijender still led by a point going into the decider. The score line read 9-8.