Czech boxing tournament: Indian boxers bag eight medals including 5 Gold

NewsBharati    31-Jul-2017

Prague, July 31: Continuing good run in an international sports arena, Indian boxers shined at 48th Grand Prix Usti Nad Labem after bagging eight medals in different categories. Indian boxers packed a heavy punch in the championship which was held in the Czech Republic and clinched five gold, two silver and one bronze medal.

India’s leading boxing player and Asian silver-medalist Shiva Thapa in 60 Kg category, former Commonwealth Games gold-medalist Manoj Kumar in 69 Kg category, Amit Phangal in 52 Kg category, Gaurav Bidhuri in 56 Kg category and Satish Kumar in 91Kg category clinched gold medals after winning their respective summit clashes and made the whole country proud.

While Kavinder Bisht in 58 Kg category and Manish Panwar in 81 Kg category settled for silver medals. However, earlier Sumit Sangwan bagged a bronze after going down in the semifinals in 91 Kg category. Amit and Kavinder opened the proceedings for the country in an all-Indian final. Of the two, Amit is a light flyweight (49kg) boxer but competed in the flyweight division in this event. He defeated Kavinder 3-2 to claim the top position.Next up was Gaurav against Poland's Iwanow Jaroslaw and the Indian had no trouble notching up a 5-0 win.

Interestingly, seven out of nine Indian boxers competing in this tournament have qualified for next month's World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. The World Championships-bound boxers are Amit, Kavinder, Gaurav, Shiva, Manoj, Sumit and Satish. However, Vikas Krishan has also qualified for the mega-event in the 75Kg category.