Games & medals

Games Results Sport Event
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Games Results Sport Event
Rio de Janeiro 2016
#=17 Boxing Bantamweight (≤56 kilograms)
London 2012
Games Results Sport Event
London 2012
#=17 Boxing Bantamweight (≤56 kilograms)

Shiva THAPA

India
Boxing
Height
169 cm / 5'7''
Weight
56 kg / 123 pounds
Birth date
8 Dec 1993 Guwahati, India
Gender
Male

Number of medals

0 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

2 Olympic Games

Shiva THAPA biography

Son of a karate instructor, combat sports were always in Shiva Thapa’s genes. But it was an introduction to Mike Tyson as a child which inspired the Assam lad to jab his way into the pages of Indian boxing’s history books.

Shiva Thapa was only 18 when he qualified for the Olympics in 2012 making him the youngest Indian boxer ever to qualify for the Games. By the time he was 22, he was already a two-time Olympian and an Arjuna Awardee.

The youngest of six siblings, Shiva Thapa and his elder brother Gobind grew up under the watchful eyes of their father Padam, who was determined to mould one of them into an Olympian.

While Gobind went on to win multiple medals in state-level boxing and gave his younger brother someone to look up to during the formative years, Shiva Thapa soon built on it and began excelling.

Juggling his training alongside his studies, Shiva Thapa’s amateur career was coming along nicely and before long, he had his first real brushes of success. With a silver medal in the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics, his international renown began.

His impact began to be felt on the senior stage as he bagged gold in the 56kg category at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Astana and punched his ticket for the London 2012 Olympics.

For someone who was only cheering from in front of the television set as Akhil Kumar triumphed over world champion Sergey Vodapyanov at Beijing 2008, it was a watershed moment.

At the main event, Shiva Thapa was drawn against Mexico’s Óscar Valdez. The then 18-year-old started on the defence but fought back with a series of left-right punches in the second round. However, with Valdez taking over in the third, Shiva Thapa lost out by a 9-14 margin.

“The Olympics are always a huge occasion, there is so much more we attach to it than just the competition, and any of us who have qualified who says they are not nervous is not telling the truth,” he later noted.

Shiva Thapa, however, sprung right back up the following year, as he became the youngest Indian to win the gold medal at the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships at Amman, Jordan.

In 2015, Thapa went on to become only the third Indian after Vijender Singh (2009) and Vikas Krishan (2011) to win a medal at the AIBA World Boxing Championships after winning bronze in the bantamweight category in Doha.

He also went on to clinch a bronze medal in that year’s edition of the Asian Championships on the lead up to his Rio 2016 adventure.

At Rio, Shiva Thapa was once again drawn against a tough opponent in the first round of the bantamweight competition.

Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez was already an Olympic champion, having captured gold in the flyweight category at London 2012.

Hampered by a cut over his left eye, Thapa was again condemned to an early exit from the Games, suffering a 3-0 loss to his opponent, who would go on to claim the gold medal.

At the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships held in Tashkent in 2017, Shiva Thapa was in contention for the gold medal but for an injury that saw him have to settle for silver against the local pick Elnur Abduraimov.

He continued his streak at the Asian Championships in 2019 as he clinched bronze in Thailand, making him a four-time Asian medallist and then followed it up with a gold at the ‘Ready Steady Go’ Olympic Test Event held in October that year.

But having moved up to the 63kg weight category, a division that has seen another young talent Manish Kaushik rule the roost for a while, Shiva Thapa has now set upon his latest challenge.

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