Shiva Thapa wins Broze in World Championships, closer to an Olympic 2016 berth

Shiva Thapa on Saturday became only the third Indian boxer ever to assure himself of a World Championships medal besides inching closer to an Olympic berth as he advanced to the semifinals with a dominating triumph in Doha. Shiva in the 56kg category thrashed Qatar's Hakan Erseker 3-0 and is now just one win away from assuring himself of an Olympic quota place. Should he lose in the semifinals on Sunday, then the 21-year-old will have to win a box-off to fetch a ticket to next year's extravaganza in Rio de Janeiro. By assuring himself of at least a bronze, Shiva joined Vijender Singh and Vikas Krishan as the third Indian to be a medallist at the showpiece event. However, it was curtains for Vikas Krishan (75kg), who suffered an unexpected 0-3 loss to Egypt's Hosam Abdin despite a seemingly dominant performance.

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