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Indian Boxers Win 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze Medals At Chemistry Cup 2018

Indian Boxers Win 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze Medals At Chemistry Cup 2018
Mohammed Hussamuddin (left) after beating Madan Lal (right) in the 56-kg men’s category final on Saturday. (Source – Twitter account of Boxing Federation of India)

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Indian Boxers Win 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze Medals At Chemistry Cup 2018

Gaurav Solanki and Mohammed Husssamuddin won their final bouts on Saturday.

Indian boxers ended their campaign at the Chemistry Cup 2018 in Germany on a high, with Gaurav Solanki and Mohammed Hussamuddin winning gold medals on the concluding day on Saturday.

The 56-kg men’s category that Commonwealth Games 2018 bronze medal winner Hussamuddin won was, in fact, a rare all-Indian affair. Madan Lal picked up the silver medal.

Solanki, gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games 2018, beat fancied Cuban boxer Jorge Alejandro Merencio in the 52-kg category.

Three others, Amit Panghal (49 kg), Dheeraj Rangi (64 kg), and Narender (+91 kg) won bronze medals, taking India’s tally at the prestigious Chemistry Cup 2018 tournament to six medals.

More Indian boxers are, meanwhile, eyeing gold medals at the Ulaanbaatar Cup being held in Mongolia. Three Indians, Sonia Lather, Lovlina Borgohain, and Mandeep Jangra have reached the finals there.

Road To The Medals

After defeating Madan Lal, a former national champion, Hussamuddin shared his joy at winning the gold medal on Twitter.

In the semi-final for the 52 kg category, 2018 CWG gold medallist Gaurav Solanki had beaten top Irish boxer Quinn Conor 5-0 in a unanimous decision to book his place in the final at the Chemistry Cup 2018.

The Chemistry Cup, referred to as the World Cup of boxing and regarded as one of the toughest tournaments in Europe, was held from June 19 to 24 at Halle (Saale), in Germany.

(Read – Vikas Krishan Bags Gold As Indians Win Big At Strandja Memorial Boxing Meet)

Ulaanbaatar Cup, Mongolia

Women boxers Sonia Lather and Lovlina Borgohain are through to the finals of the Ulaanbaatar Cup in Mongolia. While Lather is in the hunt for a gold medal in the 57 kg category, Borgohain will be looking for a victory in the 69 kg final.

In the men’s section, Mandeep Jangra punched his way into the final of the 69 kg category.

Another Indian boxer, Shiva Thapa, had to be content with the bronze medal after losing a closely-contested semi-final match. Two others, Etash Khan (56 kg), Vanhlimpuia (75 kg), Ashish (64 kg), and Himanshu Sharma (49 kg) also had to settle for bronze medals after losing their semi-final bouts. This was Vanhlimpuia’s first appearance at an international tournament.

Salman Sheikh, however, missed out narrowly losing a close quarter-final to local favourite Gankhuyag Gan-Erdene. L Sarita Devi, a former world and Asian champion, also lost a closely- contested quarterfinal to Chinese Taipei’s Shih Yu Wu.

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