India wins 6 gold medals on final day of Asian Junior Boxing Championships
Indian boxers put on a brilliant show at the Asian Youth Boxing Championships by winning six gold medals on the final day to end a stellar campaign. Young Indian boxers Bishwamitra Chongtham and Vishal made their way to gold medals at the event.
To add to the jubilation, four Indian boxers won gold medals on the final day to end a memorable campaign for India at the 2021 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships in Dubai.
The event was featured by Indian pugilists as the country had 15 participants vying for the final on Monday. Other Indian boxers in action in the young men category Vishvanath Suresh, Vanshaj and Jaydeep Rawat, settled for silver medals.
Indian pugilists impress with the Asian Youth Boxing Championships
Bishwamitra entered the competition as one of the favorites. The youngster beat Uzbekistan’s Kuziboev Ahmadjon 4-1 in the men’s 51kg final to give India their first gold in the youth event at the current championships.
The Indian boxer showed efficient defensive technique and graceful footwork against the Uzbek boxer in a match that saw the two boxers exchange big blows. However, Bishwamitra kept his cool throughout the game and hit a few accurate shots to clinch the gold.
Meanwhile, Vishal, in the 80kg final, produced a dominant performance against Akmatov Sanzhar of Kyrgyzstan. The Indian looked at his top dominant and made things very difficult for Sanzhar. Vishal continued to deliver heavy blows to his opponent and took the win in a one-sided fight after a unanimous decision from the referees.
Meanwhile, Vishvanath (48kg) and Vanshaj (64kg) suffered unanimous defeats to their opponents. While Vishvanath battled reigning world champion Sanzar Tashkenbay of Kazakhstan, Vanshaj lost to World Youth Championships silver medalist Yernur Suyunbay of Kazakhstan. Meanwhile, Jaydeep lost his fight with RSC’s verdict against Uzbek boxer Abdullaev Alokhon.
Pugilists fight their way to glory at the event
India’s Neha beat her Kazakh opponent 3-2 in the final to win gold in the 54 kg event. Preeti Dahiya added to the glory by also winning gold by beating his opponent 3-2 in a decision split by the referees.
Medals continued to flow for India as Sneha Kumari won her final in the 66kg category. Khushi went on to clinch India’s sixth gold medal as she headed for a comfortable victory in the 75kg class.
The other pugilists Nivedita Karki (48kg), Tamanna (50kg), Simran Verma (52kg), Preeti (57kg), Khushi (75kg) and Tanishbir Kaur Sandhu (81kg) lost their final and had to settle for the money.
Five Indian boxers, including a woman, won bronze medals in the junior event after reaching the semi-finals. Among the male pugilists, Daksh (67kg), Deepak (75kg), Abhimanyu (92kg) and Aman Singh Bisht (92 + kg) won bronze medals. Lashu Yadav (70kg) won bronze in the women’s category.
India had a stunning campaign at the last Asian Championships for young men and women, which were held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in 2019. The pugilists won 12 medals, including five gold.
The event’s gold medalists will receive $ 6,000 while $ 3,000 and $ 1,500 will be awarded to the silver and bronze medalists respectively. India impressed in the competition which featured strong boxing nations like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. It was also the first time that the two age groups – juniors and youth – had been played together.
Earlier on Sunday, the Indian junior boxers ended their campaign on a positive note at the prestigious continental event. India won 19 medals, including eight gold, five silver and six bronze. India took third place in the overall junior championship team standings, after Uzbekistan (22 medals) and Kazakhstan (25 medals).
Among the boys, Rohit Chamoli (48kg) and Bharat Joon (+ 81kg) established themselves as the champions of their respective categories while Vishu Rathee (48kg), Tanu (52kg), Nikita Chand (60kg), Mahi Raghav (63kg) , Pranjal Yadav (75kg) and Kirti (+ 81kg) won gold in the women’s section. Mahi Raghav reigned supreme as she was voted the best boxer.
On the other hand, Gaurav Saini (70kg), Muskan (46kg), Aanchal Saini (57kg), Rudrika (70kg) and Sanjana (81kg) won silver medals after their defeats in the final.
Devika Ghorpade (50kg), Ashish (54kg), Aarzoo (54kg), Anshul (57kg), Ankush (66kg) and Supriya Rawat (66kg) were the Indians who finished with bronze medals.