Asian Boxing Championship: Sanjeet captured Jamia Gold, Panghal and Thapa had to be satisfied with silver


New Delhi: Sanjeet (91kg) performed brilliantly on Monday to win gold for India at the 2021 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai. This is India’s second gold medal in this championship this year. Pooja Rani had won gold while defending her title in the women’s 75kg category on Sunday. Sanjeet, who has qualified for Tokyo Olympics, faced Rio Olympic silver medalist Vasily Levitt of Kazakhstan in the final as Sanjeet won the match 4-1 to prevent Levitt from winning his fourth Asian Championship gold medal.

India won a total of 15 medals in this prestigious championship being jointly organized by Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and UAE Boxing Federation. This includes two gold, five silver and eight bronze.

India has fared better than the Bangkok Asian Championship in 2019, where it won two gold, four silver and seven bronze medals. In 2019, Pooja and Amit Panghal won gold. Pooja was successful in winning the gold this time but Panghal missed out on saving her title.

In the opening match of the day for India, Panghal was up against Rio Olympic gold medalist and reigning world champion Uzbekistan’s boxer Zoirov Shakhobidin in 52kg. Shakhobidin defeated Asian Games champion top seed Panghal 3-2.

The Indian Boxing Federation objected to the second round of the match between Amit and Shakhobidin, but the Jury Commission rejected it. In this way, Panghal, who won a silver in the World Championship, had to be satisfied with the silver medal. This is the overall third and first silver medal in the Asian Championship. Earlier, Panghal had won gold in 2019 and bronze in 2017 in Tashkent.

It was followed by Shiva Thapa (64kg), in which he lost 2-3 against Asian Games silver medalist Baatarsukh Chinzorig of Mongolia. Despite the defeat, Thapa managed to win a fifth consecutive medal at the Asian Championship. Thapa won gold in 2013. After this he was successful in winning bronze in Bangkok in 2015. Similarly, in 2015, Thapa won a silver medal. In 2019, Thapa’s share of bronze came in Bangkok.

Indian women performed brilliantly and won a total of 10 medals. It includes Pooja Rani’s Gold while MC Mary Kom in 51kg category, Lalbutsahi in 64kg category and Anupama in silver in 81kg category.

Apart from this, Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Jasmine (57kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (64kg), Monika (48kg) and Sweety (81kg) won bronze medals.

India won a total of five medals in the men’s section. Besides Sanjeet’s gold, Panghal and Thapa won silver while Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Varinder Singh (60kg) won bronze.

It is noteworthy that 150 boxers from 17 countries including strong boxing nations like India, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Philippines and Kazakhstan participated in this championship.

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