Tokyo Olympians – India’s best woman boxer from Punjab, Simranjit Kaur Baath
The Tokyo Olympic Games is ahead of us the re-scheduled event will be held in Japan between July 23 and August 8. The Asian Boxing Confederation introduces our quota holders firstly the women boxers who qualified already to Tokyo through the Asian & Oceanian Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event which was held in Amman, Jordan on March 2020.
India’s Simranjit Kaur Baath was born in Chakar, Punjab on July 10 in 1995 and she joined to the boxing world at the age of 15 following her mother was encouraged the youngster to go to the gyms. Her elder siblings were also boxers and after one year of experiences, she claimed a bronze medal at the Indian Women’s Junior National Championships.
She claimed silver in the next edition in 2012 and received the right to compete for India in the international events one year later. Kaur was member of the Indian national team at the Albena 2013 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships where she earned a bronze medal at the lightweight (60kg).
Kaur had difficult period in 2014 and in 2015 due to the Indian situation but she returned in the elite stage with a silver medal at the National Championships. She attended a few international events in 2016 and in 2017 but her real breakthrough came in the next year when she claimed bronze at the Indian Open International Boxing Tournament and gold at the Ahmet Comert Tournament in Turkey.
Following these medals, she was involved to the Indian team which attended at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi on home soil. She defeated her Russian, Scottish and Irish opponents in the event and advanced to the semi-finals in the front of thousands of Indian boxing fans. Kaur lost to China’s Dou Dan in the last four but her bronze medal at the light welterweight (64kg) was her career highlight until November 2018.
She won the Indian Women’s National Championships in 2019 and claimed silver medal at the Bangkok ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships. Kaur claimed gold medal at the Indonesian President’s Cup in Labuan Bajo and won the Indian Women’s National Olympic Trials at the lightweight (60kg) closing the year of 2019.
Kaur eliminated Kazakhstan’s experienced Rimma Volosenko, Mongolia’s Namuun Monkhor and Chinese Taipei’s ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships silver medallist Wu Shih Yi during her road to the finals at the Asian & Oceanian Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. The Indian girl lost in the final of the lightweight (60kg) to South Korea’s Asian Games winner Oh Yeon Ji but her silver was a guaranteed quota for the Tokyo Olympics. She will be the first female boxer from Punjab who qualified for an Olympic Games.
Name: Simranjit Kaur Baath
Country : India
Gender : Woman
Date of birth : 10/07/1995
Height : 169cm
Weight category : 60kg
Residence : Chakar, Punjab
Stance : Orthodox
2020 – Asian & Oceanian Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event (Amman, JOR) – Silver
2019 – Indonesian President’s Cup (Labuan Bajo, INA) – Gold
2019 – ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships (Bangkok, THA) – Silver
2018 – AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships (New Delhi, IND) – Bronze
2018 – Ahmet Comert Women’s Tournament (Istanbul, TUR) – Gold
2018 – Indian Open International Tournament (New Delhi, IND) – Bronze
2013 – AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships (Albena, BUL) – Bronze
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