Four Indian boxers - Vikas (69kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg), L Devendro Singh (49kg) and Jai Bhagwan (60kg) -qualified for the Olympics in London by reaching the quarterfinals of the Championships, which ended in Baku on Oct 9.
Vikas was the only one among them to bag a medal, emulating his idol Vijender Singh's feat of a bronze in the event.
"Medal was a bonus as I had gone there with my focus on qualifying for the Olympics and that is why I consider my pre-quarterfinal bout as the toughest because I put myself under a lot of pressure. After that there was a sense of relief," the 19-year-old, who returned to the country in the wee hours today, told reporters here.
The Asian Games gold-medallist in the 60kg category said he considers his semifinal loss as one of the best efforts he has put in the ring even though he ended up on the losing side. "I know I lost but I fought my natural style. I tried everything and fought with a free mind because I had qualified for the Olympics. I felt no pressure. "If I analyse the bout, I could not handle his (Ukraine's Taras Shelestyuk's) strength. He was very muscular and I had not faced a boxer of this strength till then," recalled the Haryana lad. (MORE)