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Shiva Thapa, Manoj Kumar strike golds at Czech tourney

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Published : Jul 31, 2017, 1:37 am IST
Updated : Jul 31, 2017, 1:37 am IST

Kavinder Bisht (52kg) and Manish Panwar (81kg), on the other hand, settled for silver medals.

Manoj Kumar celebrates after winning the gold.
 Manoj Kumar celebrates after winning the gold.

New Delhi: Indian boxers packed quite a heavy punch at the 48th Grand Prix Usti Nad Labem, clinching five gold, two silver and one bronze medal at the event in the Czech Republic.

World Championships bronze medallist Shiva Thapa (60kg), former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Manoj Kumar (69kg), Amit Phangal (52kg), Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) claimed gold medals after winning their respective summit clashes on Saturday night. Kavinder Bisht (52kg) and Manish Panwar (81kg), on the other hand, settled for silver medals. Earlier, Sumit Sangwan (91kg) claimed a bronze after going down in the semi-finals.

 

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.

Shiva, who recently claimed a silver medal at the Asian Championships, also clinched a dominant 5-0 victory over Slovakia’s Filip Meszaros to record another morale-boosting triumph ahead of next month’s World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

Another Hamburg-bound boxer, Manoj, too claimed a 5-0 verdict against local favourite David Kotrc. However, Satish Kumar had to stave off a stiff challenge from German Max Keller for his gold. Manish, on the other hand, lost to Germany’s Ibragim Bazuev to settle for a silver medal.

 

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