New Delhi: Indian boxers made the nation proud at the 18th Asian Games Invitational Test Tournament by bagging 10 medals, which include five gold, one silver, and four bronze medals. Even though seven of the 10 participating Indian pugilists were guaranteed bronze medals at the start of the tournament, three Indian boxers displayed ruthlessness as they romped past their opponents in dominating fashion to clinch the gold, according to a release. Also Read - Boxing: Manish Kaushik Qualifies For Tokyo 2020, India End Asian Qualifiers With Record Olympic-Berth Haul
Salman Shaikh in the 52 kg category, Manish Kaushik of the 60 kg category and Pavitra of the women’s 60 kg category fought their way to gold even after they were guaranteed a bronze without even throwing a punch. Also Read - Mary Kom Books Olympic Berth, Hopes Alive for Manish Kaushik
Pavitra won 5-0 against Nilawan Techasuep of Thailand, Shyam Kumar defeated local lad Mario Blasius 4-1, while Salman Shaikh also defeated his Filipino rival 5-0. Also Read - Vikas Krishan, Gaurav Solanki in Eight-Member India Boxing Squad For Olympic Qualifiers
India’s greatest find in the Youth World Championships has been Shakshi who yet again displayed her dominance in the ring but couldn’t manage to get past her final opponent and settled for silver.
Etias Kha (56 kg), Ashish Kumar (75 kg), Pawan Kumar (69kg) and Ritu (51 kg) had to settle for bronze after losing out in their respective semifinal bouts. (With IANS inputs)